The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is in the early stages of developing a “health information rating system” to assess how well electronic health records systems support educating patients.

“In order to fulfill the promise of EHRs for all patients, especially for persons with limited health literacy, clinicians should have a method to determine how easy health education material is for patients to understand and act on, have access to a library of easy-to-understand and actionable materials, understand the relevant capabilities and features of EHRs to provide effective patient education, and be made aware of these resources and information,” according to a notice and request for public comment available here and being published Oct. 5 in the Federal Register.

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