"Meaningful Use" Posts

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Guiding Principles for Stage 1 Meaningful Use Adjustments

Joshua Seidman PhD | July 30, 2010

The release of the CMS Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Final Rule [link] on July 14 marked the end of the Stage 1 process for defining “meaningful use.” The final steps of that process involved reviewing, synthesizing, analyzing and reacting to more than 2,200 comments received from the public. The comments addressed big-picture principles and arcane details, and just about everything in between. We were very grateful for the public input and are very excited to announce the Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements.

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The Future of Health Care and Electronic Records

Dr. David Blumenthal | July 13, 2010

Today, we’ve taken great steps forward in bringing America’s health records into the 21st century. Widespread and meaningful use of fully functional electronic health record systems combined with a robust infrastructure for broad-based health information exchange can improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care for all Americans.

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Regional Extension Centers Are Enabling Meaningful Use for All

Joshua Seidman PhD | February 18, 2010

A common concern about health information technology (health IT) adoption is that it may not be feasible for small practices and those serving safety-net populations. Due to economies of scale, implementation and meaningful use of health IT is far less daunting for larger, commercial health care organizations. Even so, some small practices and community health centers around the country are actively defying that statement.

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The Meaningful Use NPRM Public Comment Open

Dr. David Blumenthal | January 15, 2010

The Meaningful Use NPRM and the Initial Set of Standards and Certification Criteria IFR have now been published and are available for public comment.
To view/download the Meaningful Use NPRM:  PDF [7.38 MB] | HTML
To view/download the Initial Set of Standards and Certification Criteria IFR:  PDF [247 KB] | HTML
Please make your comments through regulations.gov.
Also, my recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine zooms out for a bird’s eye view of how these regulations fit within the larger context of the HITECH Act. 

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