SOURCE: Healthwise


January 25, 2010 08:00 ET

Healthwise® White Paper: Getting Patients to Meaningful Use Using the HL7 "Infobutton" Standard for Information Prescriptions (

BOISE, ID--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - For electronic health records (EHRs) to be "meaningful" to patients, they must respond to the three primary requests that patients have of their doctors:

1.  Tell me my diagnosis, what it means to me, and what I can do myself to
    better manage the issue.
2.  Tell me my medical tests results and what they mean to me.
3.  Tell me my treatment options, and help me participate in the treatment

"Now there is an easier way to help doctors keep their patients fully informed and engaged -- and extend the benefits of 'meaningful use' provisions outlined by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," says Don Kemper, Healthwise CEO and co-author of the new paper "Getting Patients to Meaningful Use: Using the HL7 'Infobutton' Standard for Information Prescriptions" (

The soon-to-be-finalized Health Level 7 (HL7) International Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval Standard (nicknamed the "Infobutton" Standard) makes it possible for providers of electronic health records (EHRs) and personal health records (PHRs) to deliver the information therapy the patient needs. This draft standard has been widely adopted since 2007.

The HL7 "Infobutton" standard was first developed primarily to deliver contextually relevant decision-support information for the physician -- and it does that well. Now it can also be used to request and prescribe the information the patient needs to actively manage his or her health issues.

Read the white paper: "Getting Patients to Meaningful Use: Using the HL7 'Infobutton' Standard for Information Prescriptions" ( by Don Kemper, MPH, Healthwise CEO; Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University, and Co-Chair, HL7 Clinical Decision Support Work Group; Leslie Kelly Hall, Healthwise Senior Vice President; and Shawn Myers, RN, MBA, Healthwise Senior Product Manager.

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