Solving the patient engagement predicament under Meaningful Use
One of the biggest Meaningful Use (MU) challenges for physicians across the country is getting at least 5 percent (The proposed amendment hasn’t been finalized yet) of their patients to view, download, or transmit (VDT) their electronic health information. And yet, to be compliant with the mandate, all providers will have to figure out ways to engage their patients and encourage them to participate.
Many physicians have expressed their frustration and dissatisfaction with the idea that they can and will lose incentive revenue for a requirement that is completely dependent on other people’s actions and not just their own. Those who jumped on the MU bandwagon have seen worse-than-expected numbers on their report when it came to the patient engagement measure and are now wondering whether they will even bother to move on with the other stages.
But all is not lost. There are several strategies physicians can use to increase patient engagement: