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Sep 23 2010   2:19PM GMT

HealthMart10: Focusing on achieving meaningful use

Posted by: Jenny Laurello
EHR incentives, EHR integration, Meaningful use

A message from Craig D. Schneider, Ph.D, Director of Healthcare Policy, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium: Don’t miss HealthMart10 on Oct. 5!

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 enabled the spending of $40 billion or so on health information technology.  Almost all of these funds will be in the form of additional payments to physicians and hospitals for implementing electronic health record systems, and the “meaningful use” of these systems.

While this is an exciting time for those of us in the HIT field, there are enormous challenges to realizing the government’s vision.  How do we inform providers about the funding and the meaningful use criteria?  How should clinicians choose an EHR vendor?  How do we re-design clinical practice workflows to maximize the value of the EHRs?  How do we add new technology without disrupting the physician-patient interaction, and in fact use the technology to make care more patient-centered?

Addressing these and other challenges will take a number of years.  A worthwhile place to start meeting the challenge is at HealthMart10, which is being hosted by the Massachusetts e-Health Institute (the Regional Extension Center for Massachusetts) and the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.  This event will be held from 8:00 – 4:00 on Tuesday, October 5th at the DCU Center in Worcester.

The HealthMart10 Conference and Trade Show:  How to Achieve Meaningful Use is free to members of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the League of Community Health Centers, and the Medical Group Management Association.  To receive complimentary admission, go to, select: Partner – MeHI, and enter the case sensitive code: HM10-maehi .  Readers of this post who do not fall into these categories may attend at the member rate of only $100 (a $75 discount).

This program will enable physicians to meet with 50 different health IT and other healthcare vendors, and to attend five of a possible 25 breakout sessions.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to hear how your organization can achieve meaningful use and qualify for the additional Medicare and Medicaid payments.

-Craig D. Schneider, Ph.D, Director of Healthcare Policy, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium

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