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Analytics in Healthcare and the Life Sciences: Strategies, Implementation Methods, and Best Practices by Thomas H. Davenport, Dwight McNeill

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12. Meaningful Use and the Role of Analytics: Complying with Regulatory Imperatives

Deborah Bulger and Kathleen Aller

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) provisions in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created a tremendous opportunity for physicians, hospitals, and health systems to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems. The legislation includes significant financial incentives designed to accelerate EHR use and ultimately reduce healthcare costs by improving quality, safety, and efficiency. However, the incentives are tied to demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology based on specific measures and milestones that must be documented and reported.

On July 28, 2010, ...

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