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#‎NoMUwithoutMe‬ ... What does that mean? you may ask. MU, or Meaningful Use, is what we're supposed to make of electronic health records. Health care providers get Recovery Act dollars from the federales if they make "meaningful use" of "certified" electronic health records. One of the measures of Meaningful Use is how many patients in a practice "view, download or transmit" their own health records. The current rule: 5% of patients. A proposed rule released in the past month would cut that figure to One Patient. Not one percent of patients - One Patient. We all have a right to our medical records, and getting them and making sure doc A at hospital X can get records from doc B at clinic Y is critical. Often the only way to get from here to there is via the patient. It seems to me that health care providers should make it easy to get copies of records. especially if they're getting federal incentive dollars for having implemented electronic health records. So please join a boatload of interested parties - organizations and individuals - in signing on to the the comment letter of the National Partnership for Women & Families -- read it at this link, and click at the bottom to sign your name via email ... and please tell your friends and neighbors.  If you'd like a little more background, see http://j.mp/1QKu2SP (a post on e-patients.net)

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Another brick in my wall of outcry for real patient engagement in healthcare. 

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Dealing with "difficult" patients - advice from an expert PATIENT. Who was, full disclosure, herself labeled difficult during radiation treatment for cancer. 

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Res ipsa loquitur. Image credit: +Hugo Campos 
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