Meaningful Use: A springboard for innovation

At last week's Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) summit in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., panelists Doris Crain, vice president and CIO of Broward Health; Jeanette Schreiber, medical affairs and chief legal officer of UCF Collect of Medicine and the chair of the Central Florida RHIO; Garett Trumpower, RN, vice president of strategy and consulting at Medseek; and Shane Hade, CEO of Avhealio, talked about how organizations are using Meaningful Use as a springboard for innovation. Moderated by FierceHealthIT, panelists discussed innovative uses of health data, engaging patients in their own health data, trends in patient portals and mobile technology and using Meaningful Use incentives to fund new programs.

FHIT: How does Meaningful Use help--or hinder--innovation?

Crain: At Broward health, we don't really think of Meaningful Use as Meaningful Use. We were doing Meaningful Use before there was such a thing. It was the right thing to do for patients, the community, for the physicians and really for the IT staff. Innovation is about bringing value; it's not about inventing something new, necessarily, but it's about finding a new way to measure the value within the value. When we forced--and we did force--the nurses to begin doing documentation in the EMR over the course of time they really saw value in what we had done. --Read more of this panel discussion on FierceHealthIT