Meaningful Use – What does it mean to us?

July 15, 2010 at 9:38 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, General News | Leave a comment

On July, 13th, Secretary of HHS, Katherine Sebelius, announced the final rule on “Meaningful Use” – the objectives that hospitals and/or healthcare professionals must meet in order to qualify for ARRA funds for developing their electronic medical records. The final ruling is summarized in a July 13th posting in NEJM. The objectives are divided into two groups. Core set and Menu set. All of the objectives in the Core set must be met. Out of the 10 objectives in the Menu set, the hospital/practitioner needs to pick 5. For us, probably the most important on is the 4th one down, “Use EHR technology to identify patient-specific education resources and provide those to the patient as appropriate.” As I am in the process of selecting a drug information database with patient education materials for the medical center, interoperability belongs right there at the top of my criteria (along with accuracy and currency, of course). It answers the question: What can we do to help our institutions achieve meaningful use?

Margo Coletti


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