Note: This is a guest post from Lygeia Ricciardi ( @Lygeia ). Ted and I have had the pleasure of collaborating for some time through the Clinovations collaborative here in DC, and we share a lot of the same interest and passion around putting consumers/patients/citizens at the epicenter of health care change.
I made this “wordle” from the text of the Meaningful Use final rule as printed in the Federal Register July 28, 2010. Note that I didn’t include the text in tables, because it didn’t transfer easily into the wordle program… but I did get the rest of the 273 pages. After I did it I searched to see if anyone else had done something similar. Indeed I saw that David Harlow at HealthBlawg made a wordle of the proposed (as opposed to final) Meaningful Use Rules back in January–it looks pretty similar.
What’s a Wordle?
A wordle is a “word cloud” generated from a block of text. It makes the words that are used most often appear largest. You can make your own Wordle at http://www.wordle.net/
What’s Meaningful Use?
The Meaningful Use Rule spells out the details for how eligible hospitals and health care providers can qualify for incentives to use electronic health records (EHRs). Up to $27 billion is available—an amount that far dwarfs any other public investment in health IT in the US to date. The idea behind the Rule is to encourage the use of technology in ways that genuinely improve health, not just to acquire tools for the sake of having them.
What does it mean?
Well, not surprisingly “EHR,” “incentive,” and “payment” feature prominently. As do Medicaid and Medicare (the incentives are only for providers who treat patients via those programs). It’s worth noting that the word “patient” is a bit harder to find – there it is in green on the bottom right. One of the most important challenges in implementing Meaningful Use, in my opinion, will be finding ways to make it meaningful for patients. What do you think?
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- Mobile Health Care Innovations – Lygeia Ricciardi