Portal seeks industry dialogue on 'meaningful use'

The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and Compuware have started www.meaningfuluse.org, a site meant to encourage discussion of the key phrase that will serve as the standard to qualify for federal health IT stimulus funding. The Department of Health and Human Services must define "meaningful use" by the end of 2009.

The Meaningfuluse.org site is an open forum to share ideas, collaborate with peers and attempt to shape the HHS definition. It also includes news on the health IT industry that users can rate for relevance, plus a collection of resources and web links on the topic of meaningful use and HIT adoption.

"As the Secretary of Health and Human Services narrows down the definition of meaningful use, it's critical that clinicians and the HIT community at-large have a voice in those definitions, so that they will truly be applicable and practical in the clinical practices," says Mike Wilson, senior IT Director of clinical information systems at Compuware. "Meaningfuluse.org gives clinicians their own online community to openly discuss and influence this important topic."

To learn more about this project:
- see the Compuware-AMDIS press release