On July 13, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services released a pair of final regulations (one from CMS, one from the Office of National Coordinator for HIT ) detailing the “meaningful use” criteria which will determine whether users of electronic health records will qualify for the government subsidies under the HITECH Act during

The  American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and numerous other stakeholders are raising concerns that the timelines for adoption of EHR features that must be met in order to meet the proposed HITECH "meaningful use" criteria are unrealistic.  The AHA’s comment letter stated:

"…[R]ational timelines are needed. We recommend a lead time of one year

 The Health InformationTechnology for Economic and Clinical Health Act or the “HITECH Act”  provides incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of HIT and qualified EHRs.  CMS published a proposed rule defining "meaningful use" on December 30.  It’s 566 double-spaced pages long, and can be found here:  http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2009-31217_PI.pdf.  

An eligible physician or other

[Installment 5 – Governance Considerations from HIT for the Board and Other Hospital Stakeholders] 

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts that relate to the governance concerns surrounding developments in HIPAA, HITECH and HIT. 

The other week, two separate and apparently unrelated events occurred on consecutive days with respect to electronic health records

When I first reviewed the Matrix and other documents released by the HIT Policy Committee’s “Meaningful Use” Workgroup, my initial reaction was “When did defining ‘Meaningful Use’ of EHR morph into attempting to use EHRs to ‘meaningfully’ reform the entire healthcare delivery system.”?  More simply put, the Workgroup’s initial recommendations seemed to me to

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking comments on the preliminary definition of “Meaningful Use,” as presented to the HIT Policy Committee on June 16, 2009.  Comments on the draft description of Meaningful Use are due by    5:00 pm EST June 26, 2009.  Below are links to the HIT