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Comments to Meaningful Use Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Recommendations to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

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Comments to Meaningful Use Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Paper

Dear Acting Administrator Frizerra:

Intel appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (Proposed Rule). We know the HIT Policy Committee, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have committed an extensive amount of time to developing the policy framework and the corresponding objectives and measures that lay the foundation for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). To improve the quality and efficiency of the health care system, more than simple adoption of EHRs is needed, and this definition ensures that providers will use them in a meaningful manner. Intel commends CMS for developing a definition of meaningful use that is both visionary and practical. The Proposed Rule offers a comprehensive approach with the potential to enhance the patient-provider interaction, increase the quality of care and outcomes, and create easy access to individual health information. As the U.S. moves toward coordinated care delivery systems, real-time access to patient data will be the underlying foundation that supports these new models of care. We appreciate the opportunity to make recommendations, which we believe will enhance the final rule.

Intel is certainly known as a world leader in silicon innovation, but our company is not traditionally seen as a “health care” company. Nonetheless, our technologies help to power the Internet, the broadband connected world, and many health care institutions around the world, who we increasingly work with to connect patients, families, providers, and health care researchers with one another. In fact, for more than a decade now, Intel has focused its research and development efforts specifically on health care to better understand how to connect all of the major players through a wide array of health information technologies.

Read the full Comments to Meaningful Use Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Paper: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/healthcare-it/comments-to-meaningful-use-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-paper.html