“The government’s proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the comment period that ended earlier this week kicked off a battle between patients and providers. At the heart of the war is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposal that patient information be available to the individuals within 36 hours of discharge from a hospital and within 24 hours of an office visit.
Understandably, patient and consumer rights groups want individuals able to access their medical information as soon as possible so they can act on it swiftly, while healthcare providers want more time to gather data and make it available to patients. Providers fear they’ll be forced to rush complex data to patients before it’s complete, accurate, and secure.”
Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, InformationWeek Healthcare, 10 May 2012