Key patient engagement criteria in Meaningful Use for 2015 to 2017—part of the final rules recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—fall woefully short in promoting online patient access to their health information, according to consumer advocacy groups.

Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, says his group and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth have been “paying special attention” to CMS rulemaking related to patient electronic access objectives for the meaningful use programs.

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