Where Meaningful Use Should Be Focused

Posted on November 23, 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.

“”Meaningful Use” should be linked to those two things (cutting costs and better care).” -Russ Reese in the comments.

The above assertion about Meaningful Use was made in the comments and I was kind of struck by it when I first read it. What should be the components of meaningful use?

A doctor perspective:
A doctor wants the EMR to make them more efficient, more effective, increase reimbursement, lower their costs and provide their patients better care.

A patient perspective:
A patient wants an EMR to provide them better care, lower the cost for services and maintain their privacy.

A government perspective:
The government wants an EMR to lower healthcare costs, improve patient care, and provide data to lower Medicare/Medicaid costs.

I may have missed a few motivations and the order changed, but I think this is the essence of what these stakeholders want from an EMR. Can these three different perspectives be married in a way that use of an EMR is meaningful to all of them?