Definitions Edit

Congress Edit

Congress defined "meaningful use"

to mean that the user of health information technology demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the technology is certified and being used in a meaningful manner, that the technology is connected in a manner that provides for the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care, and that such information is submitted in a form and manner specified by the Secretary. See Pub. L. No. 111-5, § 4101(a), 123 Stat. 467-472.[1]

President's Council of Advisor on Science and Technology Edit

"Still pending an official definition from CMS, but ARRA requires that [meaningful use] include e­-prescribing, the ability to exchange information with other healthcare providers to improve care, and the reporting of clinical quality measures to CMS."[2]

References Edit

  1. Electronic Health Records: First Year of CMS's Incentive Programs Shows Opportunities to Improve Processes to Verify Providers Met Requirements, at 2 n.3.
  2. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward, Glossary, at 88 (App. C) (Dec. 2010) (full-text).

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