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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.

Demonstrating Meaningful Use of Health IT for 2011 and Beyond

December 1, 2009

On behalf of a broad range of health leaders, the Markle Foundation, Center for American Progress, and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings offer recommendations on measuring and demonstrating meaningful use of health IT under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Letter to HHS and the Office of Management and Budget on Meaningful Use

November 13, 2009

In this letter to HHS and OMB leaders, Markle Connecting for Health collaborators provide recommendations for the pending federal rule on 'meaningful use' of health IT under the Recovery Act.

Comments on the Office of the National Coordinator's Preliminary Definition of 'Meaningful Use'

June 26, 2009

Markle, the Center for American Progress, Brookings, and others respond to first draft of the 'meaningful use' definition issued by the HIT Policy Subcommittee of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Broad Coalition Says Consumer Role Is Key to Improving Health and Health Care

June 25, 2009
NEW YORK, NY—The future of health care should encourage expanded use of information tools to help consumers better manage their health, ...

Testimony of Josh Lemieux on Personal Health Records

May 20, 2009
In this testimony, Josh Lemieux, Director, Personal Health Technology, Markle Foundation, discusses personal health records and other ...

Getting Health IT Right Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

April 30, 2009

Markle Connecting for Health hosted a discussion forum on strategic priorities for the health IT provisions of the economic stimulus law.

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Meaningful Investment of $19 Billion on Health Information Technology

April 30, 2009

Markle Connecting for Health brings together health and IT leaders with government and policy experts to help define a framework for “meaningful use” and “certified or qualified” electronic health records.

Achieving the Health IT Objectives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

April 30, 2009

Markle proposes a set of principles for getting health IT right under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Health IT Investments that Improve Health Care

January 13, 2009

This brief outlines critical attributes and expectations for health IT investments.