Big day in the health IT world today – CMS announced the final regulations for “meaningful use” of EHR’s, to allow providers and hospitals to receive Federal incentive dollars for adopting technology under the HITECH Act. ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT) also released the “Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology” today as well. The differences are that the MU regs focus on providers and the certification regs focus on systems.
Since the former document is 864 pages and the latter 228 pages, here are some pertinent more bite-sized pieces you might find of interest:
CMS press release from today
Commentary from Dr. David Blumenthal (National Coordinator of Health IT) in today's NEJM
Analysis from John Halamka, MD (CIO of Beth Israel-Deaconess and Harvard Medical School):
ONC Final Standards Rules
Also, the ASCO staff put together a five page summary sheet on the MU regs from an oncology perspective. Pretty amazing they turned this around in a few hours considering the 864 page document came out at 10:00 a.m. this morning - cheers!
Finally, if you have nothing else to do, follow me on Twitter at rsm2800 – I often tweet on these issues and tweet posts to my this blog.