Personal health records: Meaningful use, but for whom?

Joseph Kannry, Pratharna Beuria, Emily Wang, Julie Nissim

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Providers and hospitals have received more than $5 billion from the federal government for meaningfully using electronic health records as of April 2012. Meaningful Use stage 1 makes adoption of the personal health record optional. The proposed Meaningful Use stage 2 regulations make personal health record use mandatory. There is peer-reviewed literature to support a personal health record adoption rate of 10%, which is optional in stage 1 and required in stage 2. The literature also supports the use of secure messaging required in stage 2. However, there is little evidence to support other stage 2 personal health record requirements and dependencies. Further study is urgently needed to ensure that Meaningful Use stage 2 is meaningful for both patients and providers. Mt Sinai J Med 79:593-602, 2012

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-602
Number of pages10
JournalMount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Meaningful Use
  • electronic health record
  • personal health record


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