ONC Launches Consumer e-Health Program to Encourage Patient Engagement in Care

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is launching a Consumer e-Health Program to encourage individuals' engagement in their health and with their healthcare providers, according to a Health IT Buzz report.

The program will focus on three areas:

1. Access. Patients should have easy access to their medical records to identify mistakes and better understand discussions with physicians or other healthcare providers.  
2. Action. Innovative tools such as smartphone applications, digital pedometers and text reminders can help patients use their health information to make positive changes.
3. Attitude. Patients should consider themselves partners in their care with physicians and other providers and should thus ask questions and share ideas.

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