American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Health Information Technology

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) developed a set of principles on how to best improve care of the surgical patient through leveraging clinical information digitally available in the age of electronic health records (EHRs). Broadly, the ACS believes there is a need for governance of universal data and technology platform standards to create a clinical data ecosystem that holds the best structure for cloud-based, secure, open-access sharing and interoperability.

Meaningful Use

Medicare meaningful use (MU) requirements were first introduced to physicians in 2011 to promote the adoption of EHR systems. MU policies were a product of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a key component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The HITECH Act charged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology with the responsibility of developing a universal infrastructure that would facilitate the secure exchange of digital information. It also authorized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to create the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, which established financial incentives for physicians who demonstrate MU of an EHR system.

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