“”Meaningful Use” should be linked to those two things (cutting costs and better care).” -Russ Reese in the comments.
The above assertion about Meaningful Use was made in the comments and I was kind of struck by it when I first read it. What should be the components of meaningful use?
A doctor perspective:
A doctor wants the EMR to make them more efficient, more effective, increase reimbursement, lower their costs and provide their patients better care.
A patient perspective:
A patient wants an EMR to provide them better care, lower the cost for services and maintain their privacy.
A government perspective:
The government wants an EMR to lower healthcare costs, improve patient care, and provide data to lower Medicare/Medicaid costs.
I may have missed a few motivations and the order changed, but I think this is the essence of what these stakeholders want from an EMR. Can these three different perspectives be married in a way that use of an EMR is meaningful to all of them?