Why Do It?
Why Do It?

The nation’s health care system is undergoing a transformation in an effort to improve safety, quality, and efficiency of care. There are numerous projects and initiatives related to this modernization effort, ranging from the implementation of ICD-10 to health information exchange projects.

Under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a number of provisions associated with the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology have been established.

These programs are expected to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Reduce medical errors;
  • Improve health care outcomes;
  • Ensure quality; and
  • Reduce health care costs.

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under President Barack Obama, explains this in more detail in his article "The "Meaningful Use" Regulation for Electronic Health Records" published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July, 2010.