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The real meaning of meaningful use


On February 17, 2009, the federal government signed into law the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act – enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology, especially electronic health records (EHRs).

Properly deployed and adopted, EHRs can improve physician decision making, decrease errors, drive down the cost of effective care and further patient involvement in care and lifestyle choices. To encourage providers to deploy EHRs quickly and realize these benefits, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are offering substantial financial incentives - $44,000 to $64,000 for physicians and up to $2 million for hospitals – for achieving meaningful use of certified EHRs.

Nuance solutions enable the meaningful use necessary for meeting the HITECH Act’s objectives and satisfying its spirit. 

How Nuance makes a difference

  • Accelerates physician adoption of EHRs by allowing physicians to navigate and dictate into the EHR by speech
  • Enables meaningful use by enabling physicians to make full use of the EHR
  • Builds new solutions that generate -- as a byproduct of care -- the structured information EHRs require
  • Offers the promise of future Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) technology, which identifies and reports on meaningful use data

Enabling meaningful use
Today, only 10% of physicians are documenting patient encounters, surgical notes, consults, and progress notes – the most important elements of patient records -- directly into an EHR fast enough to provide the timely information required for improved decisions. Nuance solutions help physicians document notes directly and naturally into the EHR using speech recognition, helping to satisfy the objectives of meaningful use.

Developing effective solutions
Nuance’s in-development CLU technologies will allow physicians to dictate naturally, capturing key meaningful use data as a byproduct of the dictation. CLU will offer the fastest, most cost-, resource- and time-effective way to meet CMS reporting requirements.