Health IT Policy Committee agrees to definition of “meaningful use”; industry weighs in

The other day, David Blumenthal “” Obama’s national coordinator for health information technology “” and one of two panels he is working with (the Health Information Technology Policy Committee) “” reached agreement on the meaning of the term, “meaningful use.” The term will guide doctors on the way to adopting medical health records. Here’s what industry leaders are saying:

“We are heartened to see that the Health Information Technology Policy Committee has agreed on a framework for the definition of “meaningful use” for the adoption of electronic health records. This is an important step in the process of implementing the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designed to encourage healthcare providers to implement and utilize electronic health records with the twofold goal of improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of healthcare,“ says Don Picard, vice president of U.S. Public Sector Healthcare at EDS, an HP company.

“The federal stimulus package essentially validates ACS' long-held belief/platform that Medicaid should be the key driver of healthcare reform and more specifically, health information exchange (HIE) adoption,“ adds Christopher Deelsnyder, senior vice president and managing director, ACS Government Healthcare Solutions.  “Now, with the economic stimulus package and federal Medicaid dollars specifically set aside for HIE adoption, ACS' early investment in HIE at the state-level has been validated.

“Now, there is a real market opportunity for state Medicaid programs to provide integrated EHR systems directly to Medicaid-enrolled doctors that would meet the meaningful use criteria.  We are working closely with our customer base (state Medicaid clients) to identify these opportunities and look forward to meeting this challenge,“ says Deelsnyder.

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