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Meaningful Use of Information Technology: A Local Perspective

Anwar A. Hussain, MD, MHA
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From UHS Hospitals, Johnson City, New York.


Acknowledgment: The author thanks Ross Koppel, PhD; Ahmed Hussain, MD, MS; and Helen Chung, DO, for their in-depth advice in helping to refine the manuscript.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M10-2857.

Requests for Single Reprints: Anwar A. Hussain, MD, MHA, 33-57 Harrison Street, Johnson City, NY 13790; e-mail, hussain.a.anwar@gmail.com.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: A.A. Hussain.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: A.A. Hussain.

Drafting of the article: A.A. Hussain.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: A.A. Hussain.

Final approval of the article: A.A. Hussain.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: A.A. Hussain.

Collection and assembly of data: A.A. Hussain.


Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(10):690-692. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-154-10-201105170-00010
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To reduce costs of care and improve quality, the federal government is stimulating adoption of health information technology through meaningful use policy. The legislation, however, is built on several assumptions that are unrealistic from a provider's perspective—the group that is expected to purchase, use, and sustain the information technology infrastructure. A viable meaningful use policy may do better to account for the realities of patient care by using a bottom-up approach for adoption rather than the current top-down strategy.

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