“In many ways the meaningful use program is well-conceived.
The focus on use that is meaningful shifted the industry from its prior focus on adoption. The number of hospitals that adopt computerized provider order entry is less important than whether those hospitals use CPOE extensively to enter orders.
The focus on meaningful use also stops short of outcomes. This is appropriate. Use must precede outcomes, and while the meaningful use of electronic health records should improve care delivery, major gains in outcomes are likely to be more effectively driven by changes in payment reform than by changes in the degree to which the problem list is maintained. Meaningful use provides the foundation for improvement in outcomes.”
John Glaser, H&HN Daily, 7 February 2013