This week in Washington, D.C., Health IT Week 2012 participants have a lot to discuss: Freshly minted final meaningful use stage 2 rules for both electronic health records software vendors and health care providers, the delay to ICD-10 implementation, and the burgeoning mHealth technology sector that will help enable new health care payment models such as accountable care organizations.
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Right in the thick of it was Andrew Litt, M.D., Dell healthcare and life sciences chief medical officer with whom we caught up for a conversation on what vendors will have to do to prepare for stage 2. Also, we asked him what vendors can do to help physicians drive patient engagement; stage 2 requires physicians to get patients interested enough in their health data to download it.
While that might seem like a "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink" proposition, Litt had some ideas on how to get the job done -- and get physicians paid their EHR incentive program checks.