12 May Collaborative portal launched to promote dialouge on “Meaningful Use”
MADISON – The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and Compuware and today announced that they have joined forces to launch www.meaningfuluse.org. This collaborative web site will promote and advance the national dialogue and education around “meaningful use.” The new site gives the healthcare information technology (HIT) community a single, central location to access resources, collaborate, influence and discuss the definition of “meaningful use” and to learn how to take advantage of the HITECH Stimulus funds.
“As thought leaders in applied healthcare IT, Chief Medical Information Officers (CMIOs) will greatly benefit from meaningfuluse.org because this topic is of key importance to accomplishing the critical mass of HIT implementation in America,” said William F. Bria, M.D., AMDIS Board President, CMIO at Shriners Hospital for Children. “Interoperability, which is often mentioned as a characteristic of EMR systems, is in fact the issue of transmission of necessary patient information wherever it resides to where it is needed, in a secure, complete and patient-centric manner. We all are looking forward to achieving this transformation in the delivery of medicine in America.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus bill, is providing billions in funding for healthcare IT. One of the stipulations for providers to qualify for money is that they must show “meaningful use” of a qualified or certified EHR (electronic health record). Currently, no clear federal definition exists to explain what qualifies and the healthcare IT community is in heated debate over proposed definitions and the forecasted impact on reimbursement and the business of healthcare.
“AMDIS members are 2,000 of the most influential and experienced clinicians with leadership roles in healthcare IT worldwide, so meaningfuluse.org will be an important resource to them,” said Richard L. Rydell, AMDIS Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director. “This forum will provide both the latest news and analysis of exactly how the U.S. is going to tackle the task of finally bringing healthcare into the information age.”
Meaningfuluse.org is a community website that provides a variety of resources on the term “meaningful use” including:
- An open discussion forum to learn from, discuss and collaborate with peers;
- A news source to see industry-related articles rated by peers for relevance;
- A resource warehouse to find relevant web links to government or third-party sites that contain helpful references on the topic;
- RSS feeds on discussion boards and news to stay abreast of the latest conversations and announcements.
“Compuware is pleased to support this important web site,” said, Mike Wilson, Senior IT Director of Clinical Information Systems at Compuware. “As the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) narrows down the definition of meaningful use, it’s critical that clinicians and the HIT community at-large have a voice in those definitions, so that they will truly be applicable and practical in the clinical practices. meaningfuluse.org gives clinicians their own online community to openly discuss and influence this important topic.”