Archive for August, 2010

Meaningful Use Criteria for Electronic Health Records

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 offers payments to hospitals and doctors participating in
Medicare and Medicaid programs that adopt and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.


On July 28, 2010, the Federal Register published the final ruling from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMMS) regarding the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program which begins in 2011.

TheĀ final ruling may be found in the document titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program”.

I reviewed the 275 page document (you can download it here) and it isn’t easy to follow. My goal was to find out where Adobe Acrobat and other Adobe offerings could be used, at least at a high level.


My first impressions is that from a technical level it is not a well-authored document and difficult to use. Notable problems with the document:

  • No navigational bookmarks or links
  • No Table of Contents
  • Tables are actually graphic elements and not searchable
  • Not accessible to the visually impaired
  • Protected from changesĀ since it is a certified document


There are, however, a number of tables which make it easier to understand the main requirements. In particular, “Table 2: Stage 1 Meaningful Use Objectives and Associated Measures Sorted by Core and
Menu Set” offers a basic overview which is a good starting point.

I used a bit of Acrobat magic to extract Table 2 from the document and added a few checks to areas where I thought Adobe technology could fit in.


You can download the 944K document from the widget below or directly from this link.

You can click the Continue Reading link below to read more about my thoughts.


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