In 1975 Healthwise launched its original patient engagement tool, the Healthwise® Handbook. It prepared millions of people for the health decisions they faced every day.
Today Healthwise is preparing for the next health care revolution: the voice of the patient.
It may seem like a simple thing, but integrating the patient’s preferences, values, and experiences into the clinical workflow can be a challenge. And the work we are doing today is helping to change that.
Meaningful Use—part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act—focuses on how providers and payers make the use of health information technology and health information meaningful. Both must be meaningful so that together providers and patients can act on the information and produce better health outcomes.
Meaningful Use (MU) is broken into three phases with the ultimate goal of improving patients’ health, reducing costs and, ultimately, creating an activated patient who is an accountable, active participant in his or her care.
So what have we been working on lately? For part of my role with the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and Meaningful Use Power Teams, I have been helping to develop recommendations for MU2 and now MU3. Our focus has been on: