On February 17, 2009 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law by President Obama. Included in this law is incentive funding intended to be used to increase the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by eligible providers and hospitals; this portion of the bill is called the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH Act. To receive an incentive, an eligible provider must demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology, use technology for the electronic exchange of health information to improve quality care and also use technology to submit clinical quality and other health related measures.
Based upon the requirements of the HITECH Act, the eligible providers at Eye Associates of New Mexico have successfully participated in stage 1 of the meaningful use incentive program. This significant accomplishment is a reflection of hard work by our doctors and their clinical support staff to use EHR technology to provide high quality patient care. Based upon this accomplishment, we believe we are well positioned to meet the challenges of subsequent stages of the program and the specific requirements to be developed.