In a letter to the HIT Policy Committee of stakeholders that advise federal officials, eight organizations urge the committee to include patient generated data from remote monitoring devices in requirements for Stage 3 of the EHR meaningful use program.

The letter is similar to one that four groups--American Telemedicine Association, Association for Competitive Technology, Continua Health Alliance and Telecommunications Industry Association--recently sent to leaders of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees. Now, four other groups--Center for Data Innovation, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, IHE USA and Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance--also signed the letter to the HIT Policy Committee.

“In the context of Stage 3 MU, device interoperability with certified EHR and EHR systems should be defined,” according to the letter. “ONC should promote the ability to exchange health information confidentially and securely across health care systems, settings of care, vendors, certified EHRs and EHR modules and systems, and geographies.” Stage 3, the organizations assert, should tie incentive payments to “exclusively use interoperable EHR products that guarantee usable data regardless of vendor.”

The eight organizations ask the committee to ensure incentives to adopt interoperable EHRs “encompass the full panoply of patient health data--including data generated from remote monitoring solutions that enable reliable patient-generated health data.”

The letter to the HIT Policy Committee is available here.

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