American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 40, Issue 5, Pages S162-S172, May 2011, Authors:David K. Ahern, PhD; Susan S. Woods, MD, MPH; Marie C. Lightowler, MPH, CHES; Scott W. Finley, MD, MPH; Thomas K.
ABSTRACT: Patients are using healthcare technologies for a variety of reasons. Recently, the Meaningful-Use rule was released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, providing some initial guidance for patient-facing technologies. There needs to be more of an understanding of patients' needs and how these technologies can be utilized effectively. This article provides a framework for organizing patient-facing technologies into categories of meaningful use, and how these technologies can improve healthcare quality, safety, and population health.