Is 'Meaningful Use' Delivering Meaningful Results?

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing entitled "Is 'Meaningful Use' Delivering Meaningful Results?: An Examination of Health Information Technology Standards and Interoperability" to examine progress on the development and implementation of interoperable technical standards and conformance testing procedures for health information technology (HIT). The Subcommittee reviewed the activities of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in promoting interoperability through the development of technical standards for HIT, and will examine the implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, including the recently announced final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use of HIT under the Act.

Witnesses included:

  • Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Dr. Charles H. Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Mr. Marc Probst, Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information Systems, Intermountain Healthcare.
  • Ms. Rebecca Little, Senior Vice President, Medicity.
  • Dr. Willa Fields, DNSc, RN, FHIMSS, Professor, School of Nursing, San Diego State University.

These witnesses were asked to address the following questions in their testimony:

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