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In February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was passed into law. The health information technology (IT)-related provisions of this Act, known as HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health), authorized the federal government to enact a series of health IT-related initiatives in an effort to position IT as one of the key catalysts in bringing systemic changes to the organization, delivery and financing of healthcare. Known as meaningful use, these provisions were developed in three stages, each with a specific set of criteria. The criteria for Stage 1 of the meaningful use were released in July 2010 and include 14 core measures and 10 menu set objectives specific to eligible hospitals.1 In order for the hospital to qualify for the incentives, the hospitals are required to meet all 14 core measures, as well as half of the 10 menu-set objectives.
In 2010, HIMSS Analytics began collecting meaningful use data in U.S. hospitals in order to determine the progress of how U.S. hospitals are preparing to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use criteria.
This report is the first in a quarterly series. Future reports will continue to track progress in the capability of hospitals to meet the criteria needed to earn the Stage 1 incentives specified under meaningful use.
To purchase the September issue of the Summary of Meaningful Use Readiness Report, contact Amy Bergau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.638.9412. The report is delivered electronically and is $650 for a one-time deliverable. One year of quarterly updates is $2,200.