The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics will hold a hearing on meaningful use for healthcare information technology next week.
The April 28-29 executive subcommittee meeting to be held in Washington will focus on use as it relates to the capacity and functionality of electronic health records, quality reporting, health information exchange, and population/public health. Sessions also will discuss meaningful use in health IT product certification, and panelists will talk about ways to help vendors, providers and other healthcare stakeholders reach health IT goals by 2011.
David Blumenthal, a physician who is national coordinator for health IT, will deliver introductory comments and Harry Reynolds Jr., vice president and information compliance for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina who chairs the NCVHS, will lead some of the discussions. Meaningful use has become a hot topic among health providers who want clearer definitions before they make significant investments in IT to comply with federal regulations.