Do patients and doctors understand the rights patients have to access their EHR records.
The new rules state that a professional must make electronic records available to 50 percent of their patients. Furthermore, 10 percent of a physician’s patients must actually view and download these records. This is a high bar, and some groups have expressed dissatisfaction about the fact that doctors’ incentive payments will be dependent upon patient behavior.
Regardless, the best response to the problem is for practices to start planning how they are going to meet these requirements. Of course, the meaningful use rules could still go through different iterations before being finalized and it is possible the provision could be dropped. But assuming this rule stays in place, doctors do not want to get caught flat footed. A proactive approach is best.