Patient engagement is a core piece of meaningful use of electronic health records, Mostashari said. Meaningful use requirements sets the groundwork for "massive liberation of patient data" for patients, providers, developers, and innovators to help patients take better care of themselves, engage more in their care, share information, and help coordinate their care.
"All too often it is the patient who is not just the courier of their records, but the one in the best position to coordinate their care."
The conference concluded on a patient-centric note, with a "Patients 2.0" panel discussion. Several patients and patient advocates had a chance to ask direct questions—created during a patient crowdsourcing exercise—of Mostashari and Ricciardi.
Mary Cain, a healthcare technology consultant and one of the patient representatives on the panel, noted that the government has spent $20 billion getting electronic health records into the hands of providers. Where, she asked, is the $20 billion for patients to access and interpret their health data?
Mostashari again pointed to conference attendees. "There's a lot of folks I met today who are creating applications and services and new innovative services for keeping people healthy," he said. "The single most exciting thing I've seen today is you all voting with your feet and your wallets and your investor's wallets that there's going to be a market for keeping people healthy."