Health care in the United States is a topic much in the news these days.

While the general public focuses on the changes coming with “Obamacare,” heath care providers are exploring a federal incentive program called “Meaningful Use” that was part of the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act of early 2009.

These changes are designed to improve our health care system, which consumes a larger proportion of the US GDP (Gross Domestic Product) every year.

In the case of HITECH, the expectation is that increasing the level of automation in the health care industry will improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Toward this end, the federal government is offering significant incentive payments for several years, up to approximately $44,000 a year or $64,000 a year (with variations for Medicaid vs. Medicare).

To qualify for an incentive payment… (Continue Reading)