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.
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?