Meaningful use debated

One aspect of the meaningful use concept in the US that I particularly like is the active debate that this concept has engendered.  Various groups have been quick to comment on the rules and not all of the comments have been favourable.  I think that this debate is healthy and I would like to a similar level of debate about eHealth policy and strategy in Canada.

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) recently released the findings of a small survey of 58 hospitals in the US regarding their readiness to meet meaningful use criteria.

http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2010/1/5/survey-many-hospitals-falling-short-of-latest-meaningful-use-rules.aspx

The survey found that “many hospitals are unprepared to meet the federal government’s recently released criteria” for meaningful use.  Indeed, only 1/4 of the organizations surveyed feel that they  have met at least 70% of the criteria with 2/3’s identifying “gaps that could prevent them from meeting the meaningful use requirements”.

Is “meaningful use” a useful concept?  Would something similar be of value in the Canadian context?

Mike

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