Health care IT experts are urging health care providers not to delay electronic health record adoption until the federal government has defined “meaningful use” of EHRs, Healthcare IT News reports.
The economic stimulus package includes about $20 billion for direct funding and incentives for health care providers who implement EHRs and demonstrate meaningful use beginning in 2010.
The definition of meaningful use is left up to the HHS secretary.
Mark Leavitt, president and CEO of the Certification Commission for Healthcare IT, said, “Just buying a certified EHR is not meaningful use.” However, he said that there is no mystery about what meaningful use will entail in the near future.
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