New ONC Site Includes APP Design's Story Engine Solution to Address Meaningful Consent

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APP Design's Story Engine solution delivers multimedia educational materials to address patient concerns regarding the sharing of health information through an HIE.

The Story Engine provides a straightforward means for authors to create and display crucial information as it relates to the HIE, in a way that is meaningful for patients

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the new Meaningful Consent site this September. According to their recent press release, "the site includes background, lessons learned, videos and customizable tools from the eConsent pilot project" completed this past Spring. "The pilot project tested the use of tablet computers to inform patients about options available to them when they consider whether to electronically share their health information through HIE."

APP Design has experience with gathering and maintaining consent decisions in the HIE setting.
The company's Story Engine solution delivers multimedia educational materials to address patient concerns regarding the sharing of health information through an HIE. Authoring tools allow authors to choose multimedia content as well as design custom paths through the material in order to vary delivered content to audience members based on their experience, subject knowledge and interest.

"The Story Engine provides a straightforward means for authors to create and display crucial information as it relates to the HIE, in a way that is meaningful for patients," said Rob Quinn, president of APP Design. "Patients are able to view the content that is most relevant to them. They are then able to make an informed consent choice."

Additionally, during the pilot project, APP Design's e-consent application identified patients in the health information exchange database and associated health records with patient consent decisions. The tablet allowed patients to "sign" the form electronically. The system then stored the consent decision in the HIE for review and later retrieval.

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With more than 15 years of experience as a software development firm specializing in the design, development and integration of healthcare information exchanges (HIEs), APP Design knows healthcare Internet technology.

At APP Design, we realize that it is critical for health exchanges and healthcare delivery organizations to be able to provide meaningful information to patients. Also, as industry-leading health application developers, we recognize the need to be able to provide the means to electronically and securely capture consent decisions while complying with dynamically developing health information standards.

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