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Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology: What About Safety?


Sharona Hoffman


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Andy Podgurski


Case Western Reserve University

October 25, 2010

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics Supplement, Vol. 77, Spring 2011
Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-34

Abstract:     
Health information technology (HIT) is becoming increasingly prevalent in medical offices and facilities. Like President George W. Bush before him, President Obama announced a plan to computerize all Americans’ medical records by 2014. Computerization is certain to transform American health care, but to ensure that its benefits outweigh its risks, the federal government must provide appropriate oversight.

President Obama’s stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), dedicated $27 billion to the promotion of health information technology. It provides payments of up to $44,000 per clinician under the Medicare incentive program and $63,750 per clinician under the Medicaid program.

In the summer of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published three sets of regulations to implement ARRA. This article briefly describes and critiques the regulations, arguing that (1) they fail to appropriately address HIT safety and (2) further steps must be taken to protect patients and serve public health needs in the new digital era.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: Health information technology (HIT), Electronic health records, National Health Information Network, regulation, “Meaningful Use,” certification criteria, electronic medical records, certification bodies

JEL Classification: K23, K32

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Date posted: October 26, 2010 ; Last revised: February 5, 2014

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Hoffman, Sharona and Podgurski, Andy, Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology: What About Safety? (October 25, 2010). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics Supplement, Vol. 77, Spring 2011; Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-34. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1697587

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Sharona Hoffman (Contact Author)
Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
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216-368-3860 (Phone)
Andy Podgurski
Case Western Reserve University ( email )
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States
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