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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.

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New Personal Health Records Guide from Northern Illinois University

Cover Page of DocumentI recently received an email from Dr. Stasia Kahn announcing that a new white paper titled A Community View: How Personal Health Records Can Improve Patient Care and Outomes in Many Healthcare Settings, has been published and is available in an electronic and paper format.

Published by
the Northern Illinois University Regional Development Institute, this 163-page document includes a number of articles by doctors, nurses and healthcare technologists about Personal Health Records.

It’s a great read and discusses how practioners can work with electronic health records.

A PDF version is available for free download at the NIU Regional Development Institute website.

The white paper includes a broad range of topics, but there are quite a few mentions of PDF Healthcare.

Oh, let me mention this again . . . it’s free!

PDF Healthcare Sample Materials

PDF Healthcare LogoPDF is certainly a broad universe, but the Healthcare industry has some specific needs, especially in regards to data exchange.

PDF Healthcare, is a relatively new, Best Practices guide for using PDF in the Healthcare industry.

The PDF Healthcare guidance was authored by AIIM, the Association for Information and Image Management.

AIIM is a non-profit industry group focused on helping users to understand the challenges associated with managing documents, content, records, and business processes.

AIIM offers a number of very useful PDF Healthcare Resources on their site including:

  • FAQs
  • PDF Healthcare Implementation Guide
  • Sample Files, including XML-based PDF health data interchange forms
  • Presentations and Testimonials

. . . and many others.

Read on to learn about the many different resources available on the AIIM PDF Healthcare site.

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