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Meaningful Use = Meaningful Cost

Posted Nov 03 2010 2:11pm

I just returned from the Virginia HIMSS meeting, and let me tell you that meaningful use is front and center in everyone’s mind. For those unsure of how to leverage the term “meaningful use,” is it used to reference the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs , which provide a financial reward for the meaningful use of qualified, certified EHRs to achieve health and efficiency goals. By implementing and meaningfully using an EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives - like reduction in errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support and e-Prescribing/refill automation.

EMR adoption and upgrades take a massive toll on IT staff and infrastructure resources and I’m glad we at Hitachi Data Systems have been keeping ahead of the curve. With the announcement of our next generation Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), for the first time, we are able to give IT professionals the ability to address the Tier I storage costs associated with adopting and upgrading and EHR. Simply put “Row Level Tiering” or the ability to tier massive block databases is not the just the next step in storage virtualization, it’s nothing short of revolutionary for controlling costs and delivering increased efficiency.

Today’s EHR’s are massive block database structures and savvy CIOs are seeing that controlling the Tier I cost can actually help defer the initial purchase or upgrade of and EHR. Now that is meaningful!

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