What Does Meaningful Use Mean to You?

Posted on November 8, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

One of my readers made some interesting observations about what meaningful use in a doctors office meant. It’s interesting how different people can look at the term meaningful use.

Without getting into semantics, to me the words “meaingful use” means “a way to get government money.”

Maybe I’m just a little too practical Seriously though, would we be talking about meaningful use of an EMR if it weren’t for the government money? NO. We’d be talking about all the benefits of an EMR. The use of the EMR would just be a function of obtaining those benefits. I love how a bit of money can do all sorts of funky things.