A new report from consultancy Computer Sciences Corp. gives a brief, clear layout of the requirements and implications of the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program.

"The purpose of this paper is to take a closer look at the relationship between certification and meaningful use under the temporary certification program, and to outline what products need to be certified--and how they need to be used," according to the Falls Church, Va.-based company.

The paper gives an overview of meaningful use criteria and certification of electronic health records. It then examines what certification means to providers and presents five scenarios for determining which systems need to be certified.

The authors are Jason Fortin, senior research analyst and Erica Drazen, managing partner in emerging practices. The report, "EHR Certification for Meaningful Use: Requirements and Implications for Providers," is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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