ONC Summit: Consumers Want Providers to Speed EHR Deployment

By Diana Manos, Healthcare IT News

WASHINGTON – Electronic health records will become the norm, sooner than later, experts said at a summit hosted Friday by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

The bottom line, said many of the speakers at ONC’s Grantee and Stakeholder Summit, is that consumers are demanding EHRs. The government is helping with adoption, but this is not nearly as influential as the healthcare consumer’s pressure on providers.

National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, said the patient is not just “a ticket holder crammed into economy.”

“The patient is the copilot” with his or her healthcare provider, Mostashari said. “Increasingly, we’ll hear patients, consumers, people expecting more out of their interactions with others. So we’re going to see all of the pieces come together for this.”

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