At the center of health reform is the electronic health record-the central nervous system of health reform efforts. What will drive healthcare quality and cost reduction in the years ahead is the information captured, stored, retrieved, and analyzed to improve clinical outcomes for all patients.
This is not a policy post. It is a basic information post to put what we see taking place in healthcare in context for public health professionals, particularly those who work in the policy arena. Latham & Watkins prepared a very readable summary of the final decision about meaningful use criteria.