Meaningful Use Final Rule Thoughts

As you can imagine my inbox has been kind of blown up with all the people talking about the final meaningful use rule. It’s going to take a bit to really digest what the final rule will mean for healthcare and EMR in general. I’m still trying to digest everything that’s been said and the 864 pages of the meaningful use rule (seriously, that’s longer than most books I read). Later today I’ll be posting a list of links to the various meaningful use articles and summaries I find on EMR and EHR. I think that will become a really valuable resource since a lot of people have done a lot of digging into the rule already.

While I still have some concerns about how doctors will or will not take to the meaningful use rule and the EMR stimulus money, I have to admit that HHS did scale back some of the requirements rather significantly. I’ve always found David Blumenthal and the other people at ONC to be sincere people that were trying to make a sincere effort to make this work. I think the changes to the meaningful use rule reflect this sincerity also.

Of course, the million dollar question is what will doctors think? There going to be inundated with information. I’m pretty sure a lot of doctors aren’t going to know which way is up and will be sitting out at list the first round of fun to see how their colleagues who take the meaningful use plunge fair first.

Also, here’s the 864 pages of the meaningful use final rule for those who want to go to the source:

If you want to see the HHS dog and pony show that you missed yesterday, I’ve embedded the video of the press conference for meaningful use below:

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John Lynn

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  • Hi John

    I am sure, as logic dictates, EHR and Structured Data in healthcare will get to the end point given time. As it was rightly pointed out, many of us old enough, are aware of the times when we had to go to the bank to find the balance in the savings account and to do any transactions; and similarly we know how the groceries pricing was marked in pen and paper. Healthcare Information is in that age and through the stimulus, awareness and mandates, will get there where all the structured data can be put to good use for the health of the patient, patient care and to increase the efficiencies.
    Meaningful Use being implemented/demanded off of the Providers could vary – bar may be set lower to ease the requirements for stimulus monies; over time the basic requirements will be mandated and I guess its only logical.
    I look at these developments in the most positve light and I believe its better late than never.

  • You use to go to the bank? I can’t even imagine what that was like. I forget that banks even exist;-)

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