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What is "meaningful use" about?

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    In order to qualify for federal incentives for electronic records systems, hospitals and other covered entities must demonstrate that they have implemented and are making "meaningful use" of such systems. According to Dr. David Blumenthal, the national health IT coordinator, "meaningful use" is more about improving patient care than it is about the technology itself.
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What is "meaningful use" about?

  • 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
  • What is
    In order to qualify for federal incentives for electronic records systems, hospitals and other covered entities must demonstrate that they have implemented and are making "meaningful use" of such systems. According to Dr. David Blumenthal, the national health IT coordinator, "meaningful use" is more about improving patient care than it is about the technology itself.
BentleyThe HITECH Act became law a little over a year ago, as part of the Obama Administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We know that it set aside stimulus money for hospitals and medical practices to implement electronic medical records systems, and we know that it extends the reach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance requirements to business associates of organizations that are directly subject to HIPAA.

Going through a year's worth of blog posts and interviews on the subject, Lora Bentley unearthed answers to five common questions regarding the legislation and the issues it raises from such experts as Patient Privacy Rights executive director Ashley Katz and Goodwin Procter senior counsel Jacqueline Klosek, among others.