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Industry Leaders Look Back on Year 1 of Meaningful Use

September 13, 2011
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During a press briefing in Washington D.C., hosted by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), HIMSS (Chicago), and Electronic Health Record Association, industry leaders assessed year one of the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Panelists agreed the nation’s health IT landscape is transforming due to the HITECH Act and nearly $30 billion in stimulus funding made available by demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs).

Speaking on behalf of CHIME, Joanne Sunquist, Chief Information Officer of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, called meaningful use an important policy platform and an impactful incentive program.

Hennepin County received a first-year incentive payment after successfully meeting the requirements of the program and demonstrating meaningful use of EHRs. Sunquist said even though her hospital was an early adopter of electronic health records, meaningful use gave her credence and assurance that the hospital was on the right path.

Today’s briefing was part of National Health IT Week supported by over 170 organizations, including CHIME, held this week in the nation’s Capital. Now in its sixth year, National Health IT Week assembles key healthcare constituents—provider organizations, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, industry/professional associations, and vendor groups—to work together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT.


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