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HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association Supports Achievable 'Meaningful Use' Criteria in Comments to ONC
Date:7/13/2009

CHICAGO, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Electronic Health Records Association (EHR Association) has made specific recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on measurable criteria for achieving "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHRs), as called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Association specifically calls for 2011 objectives to be based on software and standards that are currently deployed and implemented, with a focus on adoption and use of comprehensive EHRs and recognition of the need for differences between inpatient and ambulatory meaningful use criteria.

"Acquiring EHR technology does not automatically or quickly achieve 'meaningful use' and its intended benefits," said Justin Barnes (Greenway Medical), EHR Association Chairman. "As vendors, we understand all too well the complex process of analyzing workflow, configuring systems to meet the needs of each environment and training clinicians. We encourage ONC to allow adequate time for this process so that the taxpayers receive value for their investment in HIT - more efficient and effective care delivery."

Other recommendations focus on computerized provider order entry (CPOE), tying it to electronic medication administration records (eMAR) and targeted order sets for specific chronic diseases. "We know that CPOE is not likely to be successfully implemented if physicians don't have all the related information they need to make good medical decisions," said Mark Segal, PhD (GE Healthcare), EHR Association Vice Chairman. "We believe that 2011 'meaningful use' criteria should reflect an incremental, rational approach to achieving full CPOE over time."

"Quality reporting is another area that requires consideration," Barnes went on to say. "Much good work has been done by CMS and NCQA on qua
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