Vishruth Madhav September 6, 2012, 11:58 pm Eric, I agree with you that mobility in general will play a crucial role going forward in HealthIT. One of the interesting aspects in Stage-2 that you have not mentioned is the measure for patient communication. Stage-2 brings in a responsibility on EPs and EHs to make sure 5% of their unique patients actually use this electronic facility. The rule states that more than 5% of all unique patients (either seen by an EP or discharged from in-patient or ER of an EH or CAH) view download or transmit to a third party their health information. While this directly does not put a need for mhealth, I believe the easiest way to get patients/families to get engaged is by providing them access via smartphones and tablets. Further, such apps should have a user-experience similar to what they are already used to with other non-health apps. mHealth's role will further increase is with Stage-3. The current draft Stage-3 recommendations from HITPC MU workgroups recommend the incorporation of Patient Generated Health Data. PGHD is related to incorporation of data from the patient examples - ODLs, Functional status, inputs from home-monitoring devices, etc.