Health IT panel to consider 'meaningful use' definition
- By Alice Lipowicz
- Jun 12, 2009
The federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee is
expected to consider a definition for “meaningful use” of electronic
health records (EHRs) at its June 16 meeting, according to a report.
John Glaser, senior special adviser to the Health and Human
Services Department’s Office of the National Coordinator for
Health IT, said a workgroup to the policy committee would reveal its
recommendations at that meeting, according to a report by Health Data
Under the economic stimulus law, hospitals and doctors must show meaningful use of EHRs to qualify for some of the $17 billion in
incentive payments. HHS is expected to publish a final rule on meaningful use by year’s end.
Congress created the policy committee, along with a health IT
standards committee, to advise HHS on the rule and on other policies
for implementing the law.
Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.