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Invited Commentary
June 2014

Measuring the Impact of “Meaningful Use” on Quality of Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 3Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative, New York, New York
  • 4Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 5Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 6New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):998-999. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.14092

Through the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009, the federal government is investing nearly $30 billion in incentives for hospitals and health care providers to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs). The federal government’s goal is to be transformative—to enable new and improved ways of managing patients that cannot easily be accomplished via paper—rather than merely doing electronically what was previously done on paper.

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