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Meaningful Use

Health IT & the Recovery Act
Meaningful Use

Core Goals:


  • Improve health and efficiency
  • Protect privacy
  • Encourage innovation

Fostering the Rapid Adoption of Health IT

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) includes investments to foster rapid adoption of health information technology. By requiring "meaningful use" of health IT, Congress intended that Recovery Act subsidies cover more than the mere purchase of technology. Technology must be a tool to achieve health improvement and cost-effectiveness. Incentives can help physicians and hospitals prepare for recently enacted health care reforms.

Publications and Briefs on 'Meaningful Use' of Health IT

The following publications and briefs comprise the Connecting for Health collection of collaborative comments and recommendations to the federal government with respect to the "meaningful use" of health information technology.

Markle Connecting for Health Collaborative Comments on the Proposed Rulemaking for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

May 7, 2012
The release of two notices of proposed rulemaking on the incentive program for the Meaningful Use of electronic health record technology marks ...

Markle Connecting for Health Collaborative Comments on Stage 2 Meaningful Use

July 20, 2011

Markle collaborators identify strategic opportunities for patient engagement, care coordination, quality reporting, and privacy in Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentives program.

Policy Brief: The Download Capability

August 31, 2010

Policy Brief on the Markle Connecting for Health Policies in Practice on The Download Capability.

Joint Statement on ‘Meaningful Use’ Rule

July 13, 2010

The Markle Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings emphasize the importance of new federal rules on health information technology.

Collaborative Comments on the Proposed Certification Programs for Health Information Technology

May 10, 2010

Comments emphasize that government-sanctioned testing and certification have important roles as well as limitations in achieving the objectives of the public investments in health IT.

Meaningful Use Final Rule Must Create Pathway to Progress on Core Health Goals

April 23, 2010

Leaders at Markle, the Center for American Progress, and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings call upon the Government to retain core requirements in its final rule for health IT investments.

Broad Collaboration Agrees on Priorities for ‘Meaningful Use’ Success

March 16, 2010

More than 50 health care organizations recommend priorities to HHS regarding the administration of Medicare and Medicaid subsidies to doctors and hospitals for Meaningful Use of health IT.

The Right General Direction

March 15, 2010

More than 50 organizations submit public comments to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding interim final standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the health IT Incentives program.

Collaborative Comments on EHR Incentive Program

March 15, 2010

More than 50 organizations join to submit public comments regarding Stage 1 of the health IT Incentives program.

Collaborative Statement on Proposed Regulations on Meaningful Use and Standards for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

January 26, 2010

The Markle Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings and three dozen diverse leaders in the health sector send a letter commending federal agencies for their work drafting proposed health IT "meaningful use" regulations and standards.