Providers Turn to Portals to Meet Patient Demand, Meaningful Use

With the recent release of the stage 2 “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program measures and standards, new challenges and exciting opportunities are knocking at healthcare providers’ and vendors’ doors. The HITECH Act, published in 2009, launched the EHR Incentive Program, which promotes the adoption and meaningful use of health IT software by US healthcare providers. While providers have the opportunity to receive incentive payments for early adoption of certified software, those not adopting certified EHR systems will be financially penalized starting in 2015. Based on the timeline given in the final rule, providers should begin working to demonstrate meaningful use in 2013 in order to be compliant by 2015.

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