Consumer Advocate Slams AHA Position on Patient Access

Published
  • May 02 2012, 4:41pm EDT

The American Hospital Association has come under heavy criticism from an influential consumer advocate for its position on a proposed Stage 2 meaningful use provision to give patients electronic access to their health information within 36 hours of discharge.

In a blog posting, Christine Bechtel, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families and a member of the HIT Policy Committee that advises federal officials, writes that the AHA “has little interest in advancing meaningful use criteria that would result in tangible benefits to patients.”

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