From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: AHA report says many hospitals will face fines for not complying with "meaningful use" in relation to EMRs

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 28, 2010

As part of legislation passed in 2009, all hospitals must be achieving "meaningful use" by 2015, or they may face penalties from the government. Meaningful use is a phrase that refers to the requirement that hospitals be "meaningful users" of health information technology.

To accomplish this, there are several aspects of an electronic medical record (EMR) for which hospitals are responsible for implementing. Medicare is providing incentive payments between fiscal years 2011 and 2016 for those facilities that do meet the requirements of meaningful use.

However, a new TrendWatch report, released recently by the American Hospital Association (AHA), shows that many hospitals will not be able to meet the requirements for meaningful use by 2015.

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