(November 10, 2009) Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for US Health Information Technology, spoke in Philadelphia at the College of Physicians about issues related to Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption and “Meaningful Use” definitions and time frames.
Dr. Blumentahl’s presentation elaborated on the three basic components of Meaningful Use that currently is comprised of ePrescribing, Information Exchange and Reporting Quality Data.
Most notable is the that Meaningful Use will continue to be evolutionary. By year end 2009, a revised definition should be in place followed by a 60 day comment period as well as a time for reconsiderations of language.
Blumenthal encouraged the need for comments and wisdom from the public in order to frame the ideas around EMR adoption. This extends to Personal Health Records (PHR) as a possible component of EMR.