Although it rejected recommendations to limit Stage 3’s focus to interoperability, CMS is looking to application programming interfaces to provide patients with access to their health information through third-party applications with more flexibility than often found in many current patient portals.

From the experience of provider response to Stage 2 of meaningful use, it was a safe bet that patient engagement measures would be the least popular aspect of Stage 3 proposals. And initial reactions are that boosting the “view, download, and transmit” threshold from 5 percent to 25 percent raised a lot of eyebrows.

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