Meaningful Use Final Rule Thoughts

Posted on July 14, 2010 I Written By

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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: