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Nine Healthcare Executives Respond to the Meaningful Use Definition
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Just before the New Year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator released both the definition of "meaningful use" for electronic health records and the standards to improve the efficiency of health information technology. I was curious what individual providers thought of the definition, so I asked physicians, chief information officers, and other industry leaders whether they thought the meaningful use bar was set too high or low, and what they thought was the most significant change to the HIT Policy Committee's recommendations, if any. Here are their initial reactions. [Read More]
January 5, 2010
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