Industry Groups To HHS: Include Patient Generated Data In MU Stage 3

Jonah Comstock | MobiHealthNews | December 4, 2013

Eight healthcare and technology industry groups have sent a letter to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC), in the Department of Health and Human Services, asking that Meaningful Use Stage 3 guidelines include a requirement that electronic health records make use of patient generated data from remote monitoring devices.

“We believe that the HITPC should appreciate the value of PGHD [patient generated health data] by setting clear expectations in MU Stage 3 for providers, patients, and other stakeholders,” they wrote. “PGHD should become elemental to the efficient delivery of healthcare.”

The letter was signed by the American Telemedicine Association, the Association for Competitive Technology, the Center for Data Innovation, Continua Health Alliance, HIMSS, IHE USA, the Telecommunications Industry Association, and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance. It was addressed directly to Paul Tang, the chair of the HITPC workgroup that is currently putting together the Stage 3 guidelines for Meaningful Use.