The Radiologist’s Guide to Meaningful Use: What’s it all about, why was it created, who is it for, and what’s inside?

Meaningful use, a term born out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, refers to the use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to promote health care improvements and advance the electronic exchange of information among health care professionals. This program, designed to encourage health care professionals and hospitals to use certified EHR technology and demonstrate compliance through a series of measures and criteria, provides financial incentives for achieving health and efficiency goals over a prescribed timeframe.

Why was this guide created?

Since the introduction of meaningful use there has been miscommunication and confusion among medical specialists. In the radiology community, limited information and guidance has led to a number of meaningful use myths. That’s why the authors created this guide—to clear up the confusion, to provide a factual representation of the legislation and regulations as they apply to radiology professionals, and to offer a strategic approach to meaningful use for the medical imaging community.

Who is this guide for? 

Everyone involved in the management and delivery of diagnostic imaging services—ranging from radiologists to practice administrators, IT leads and CIOs, to healthcare IT vendors and others. This guide will help you prepare for meaningful use, develop and execute your strategy, and sustain your compliance with the CMS Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs.

What’s inside this guide?

The Radiologist’s Guide to Meaningful Use is divided into four parts and each section builds upon the prior to ensure you have the necessary tools to successfully achieve meaningful use in radiology. Part I covers the fundamentals, Part II provides a 10-step approach to becoming a meaningful user, Part II examines how imaging practices are coping with MU through first-hand experience interviews, and Part IV offers guidance for staying informed.

In addition to the information contained in the pages of the book, an online companion website offers notification of content changes, information updates, and downloadable worksheets to be used in conjunction with the guide.

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