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Health IT Week participants grapple with question of patient engagement

At Health IT Week, Dell's CMO tackles our questions on the vendors' role in stage 2 patient engagement mandates, securing wireless networks, and more.

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.

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.

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