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“Meaningful Use” Means Process Redesign

Peter E. Gabriel, MD
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From the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Information Services, University of Pennsylvania.

Correspondence to: Peter Gabriel, MD, University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St, 2 Donner Bldg, Philadelphia, PA 19104; e-mail: peter.gabriel@uphs.upenn.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The author has reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;138(3):472-474. doi:10.1378/chest.10-1202
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“Meaningful use” is one of the hottest buzzwords in health care today as physicians and hospitals across the country scramble to take advantage of federal incentives designed to spur the adoption of health information technology. The term originates from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which will provide $17 billion in financial incentives over 5 years to providers able to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic medical record (EMR) systems.1 The law was designed to ensure that federal funding is dedicated not only to the purchase and installation of software but also to its effective use in the improvement of health-care delivery. The devil, of course, is in the details—the definition of the criteria by which effective EMR implementations will be judged.

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