Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and strategic business process services, published a white paper to help organizations understand “meaningful use” and its impact on electronic health records (EHRs) and healthcare interoperability. Meaningful Use. Not Meaningless Waste(SM): Learn How to Protect Your Investment provides an overview of the current health IT landscape and describes how federal, state and commercial healthcare providers can achieve interoperability and qualify for billions of dollars in reimbursement incentives from the federal government.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined proposed provisions in December 2009 for implementing EHRs and defined the concept of “meaningful use” as it applies to the use of EHR technology. The HITECH Act of 2009 authorized reimbursement incentives to healthcare providers who demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHRs beginning as early as October 2010. [Read more…]