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HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association Executives Testify at NCVHS Hearings on 'Meaningful Use' Criteria
Date:4/28/2009

CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Executives from the Electronic Health Records Association (EHR Association) testified at this week's National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) hearings to help define and clarify "meaningful use", a term used in the HITECH Act (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ARRA). These EHR Association leaders were among an array of key stakeholders invited to offer expertise on how health information technology (HIT), specifically electronic health records (EHRs), can improve the quality, efficiency and safety of healthcare delivery in the US.

"We anticipate ARRA to result in widespread adoption and use of comprehensive EHRs that support interoperability, decision support, quality reporting and clinical research," said Justin Barnes, EHR Association Chairman and Vice President of Greenway Medical Technologies. "If we continue to work together in public and private collaboration, and build on the successes of CCHIT, HITSP and NQF, along with prudence and fiscal responsibility, we will achieve our goals of healthcare transformation and the estimated $100-$200 billion of annual savings that will come with a fully-integrated and interoperable healthcare system."

Barnes' testimony, like that of Mark Segal, Ph.D., member of the EHR Association Government Relations Workgroup and Director of Government and Industry Relations for GE Healthcare IT, has its foundations in the Association's recently published recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on "meaningful use", developed collaboratively among all EHR Association member companies.

"HITECH will transform our industry and the health care system," said Segal, "We expect a substantial increase in hospital and professional adoption of comprehensive EHRs, with most of the impact occurring over the next five years. We also expect changes in the structure of our industry an
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