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Feds start defining 'meaningful use' for health IT providers

Finally: Some help on 'meaningful use'; more headlines.

IT channel news in brief for Jan. 11, 2010

Finally: Some help on "meaningful use"

As 2009 ended, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finally released guidelines (556 pages worth) on what constitutes "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHR). On Dec. 30, it released its notice of proposed rulemaking for the electronic health record incentive program.

The healthcare IT community and VARs eager to get a piece of stimulus money for implementing EHR said implementation has been stymied by the lack of a definition of "meaningful use."

Smaller integrators gaining ground in SAP work

IBM and Accenture remain the top dogs in SAP implementation, but smaller SAP systems integrators (SIs) are making a race of it, according Forrester Research Inc.

Many companies now turn to smaller service providers because they are often less expensive and more flexible than the integration giants. And SAP shops want better working relationships and deeper industry, process or product expertise than the big firms offer, said Liz Herbert, senior analyst with Forrester told Smaller firms such as Clarkston Consulting offer not only deep expertise in the consumer packaged goods market but can also give customers a deep understanding of what their counterparts in their industry are doing, she said.

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