Meaningful use: a roadmap for the advancement of health information exchange

Michael F Furukawa
2013 Israel Journal of Health Policy Research  
Frankel and colleagues have compared Israel and the U.S.'s experiences with health information exchange (HIE). They highlight the importance of institutional factors in fostering HIE development, notably the influence of local structures, experience and incentives. Historically, information infrastructure in the U.S. has been limited due to lack of standards, fragmented institutions and competition. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009
more » ... d billions of dollars for the adoption and "Meaningful Use" of electronic health records. HITECH programs and Meaningful Use incentives target the advancement of HIE through 1) building blocks, 2) local support and 3) payment incentives. Meaningful Use requirements create a roadmap to broader electronic exchange of health information among providers and with patients. Ultimately, successful HIE in the U.S. will depend on whether Meaningful Use can address institutional needs within local markets. This is a commentary on Commentary Correspondence:
doi:10.1186/2045-4015-2-26 pmid:23880399 pmcid:PMC3723438 fatcat:nl2w3cl4rfcphe2cf6buiqzwpu