HINZ investigates meaningful use

The 'meaningful use' policy instituted in the US to drive uptake of eHealth by medical practitioners is the topic of discussion at the next instalment of the 2012 HINZ seminar series.

Former international director of SNOMED CT Michael Sterns will be the guest speaker at the breakfast meeting, being held in Auckland on April 24.

Dr Stearns is president and CEO of e-MDs, which recently completed development of one of the world’s first fully web-based electronic medical records systems.

Meaningful use involves setting out a program of compliance that healthcare providers must meet in order to qualify for incentives and disincentives and then encouraging development of a market-driven model to achieve innovation and adoption.

“Until recently the US, like most other countries, approached the implementation of health IT by commissioning and funding projects, then looking for ways in which successful projects could be scaled up and replicated across the country,” a HINZ spokesperson said in a statement.

Meaningful use was “a new way of stimulating systemic health IT change and was currently taking hold with some spectacular results,” HINZ said.

Registrations are open now.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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