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HHS: 2013 Agenda to Bring Down Costs and Improve Quality of Care Through Implementation of Health Information Technology

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  1. Set aggressive goals for 2013: HHS is setting the goal of 50% of physician offices using EHR and 80% of eligible hospitals receiving meaningful use incentive payments by the end of 2013.
  2. Increase the emphasis on interoperability: HHS will increase its emphasis on ensuring electronic exchange across providers.
  3. Enhance the effective use of electronic health records through initiatives like the Blue Button initiative. Medicare beneficiaries can access their full Medicare records online today.
  4. Implement Meaningful Use Stage 2: HHS is implementing rules that define what data must be able to be exchanged between Health IT systems.
  5. Underscoring program integrity: HHS is taking new steps to ensure the integrity of the program is sound and technology is not being used to game the system.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Source URL: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/03/20130306a.html

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