Publication Date: January 26, 2010
The release of proposed federal health information technology (IT) “meaningful use” regulations and standards marks a major, positive step forward in the nation’s efforts to improve health care by putting modern IT tools at the fingertips of medical professionals and consumers alike. The public comment period is critical for ironing out workable details, and clearly we believe some important revisions will be necessary in the final regulation. But we must not lose sight of the urgent priorities of this effort: to improve health, increase cost-effectiveness, protect privacy, and encourage innovation and broad participation across many health care settings.
The Markle Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings and three dozen diverse leaders in the health sector send a letter commending federal agencies for their work drafting proposed health IT “meaningful use” regulations and standards.