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ONC leader optimistic about achieving EHR meaningful use

This week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released the final rule for demonstrating EHR meaningful use in order to receive incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA. On the ONC’s blog, Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, expressed positive thoughts about the final rule.

The final rule brings us one step closer to the ONC’s goal of widespread EHR adoption, Blumenthal noted, adding that he is optimistic about the future of health IT. Perhaps acknowledging the more than 2,000 comments received on the proposed rule, he noted that the ONC has worked with a variety of stakeholders in the health IT arena — including patients — to ensure that the final meaningful use rule would pave the road to a national health IT infrastructure. He called the final rule a blueprint for that infrastructure.

“Now that we have the foundation in place and the blueprints in hand, I encourage you to continue your electronic health record adoption and implementation efforts so we can transform our vision into reality,” he concluded.

If you missed the Health and Human Services press conference on Tuesday, where the final meaningful use rule was announced, here is the video:

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