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Published on November 22nd, 2013 | by Daniel Castro


Electronic Health Records Should Support Patient-Generated Health Data

Summary: Increasingly, individuals collect information about their health while they are away from their doctor, such as through remote patient monitoring devices. A number of organizations, including the Center for Data Innovation, sent a letter to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee calling for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require electronic health record systems to support “patient-generated health data” to qualify for Stage 3 meaningful use incentive payments. Such a requirement would both ensure that doctors are able to make the best use of available data and promote industry standards for patient-generated health data.

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Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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