The recent release of the Meaningful Use Stage 3 guidelines signifies the waning influence of the HITECH Act on the direction of healthcare information technology (HIT). As organizations finalize their implementation of their EMRs, they can finally look ahead to strategies and HIT tools that can help them reap the benefits of the millions of dollars invested in HIT to date. Beyond the resources invested, professionals wonder about their own reputations now that the EMR behemoth is in motion. Will the decisions made under the pressure of HITECH act incentives prove worth it? What will the impact be upon patients? Will I ever get another job?
Although the decisions of the past cannot be changed, realization of near turn trends and opportunities provides a roadmap on where to turn our attention next.
Excerpts from: Getting Ahead. PSQH, March/April 2015