For those of you who have 23 minutes and want to learn more about Meaningful Use, you can access a well-produced roundtable discussion on Medscape (free subscription required). The speakers include William F. Bria, II, MD; Michael B. Blackman, MD, MBA; and Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA. If you are already very familiar with this topic, it might serve well as a primer for office staff and other members of your team.
Here are a few quotes from the transcript of the discussion:
Dr. Blackman: “We talk a lot about health IT, but health IT is a means to an end. The goal of meaningful use is to improve medicine and quality of care by focusing on evidence-based care.”
Dr. Nayyar: “…it’s important to remember that this is not only about short-term incentives. This is about long-term goals…”
Dr. Bria: “What’s becoming very clear is that this program is medicine [and nursing], and the idea of incorporating the use of IT into practice is just as relevant as it was to start using CT, MRI, or any other new technology in patient care.”
Towards the end of the video, Dr. Bria closes with, “We should not just embrace the EHR as a tool. We need to break it down, understand it, engage in it, make sure it’s configured properly for our key purpose, and then move forward.”
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