The following is a statement by UnitedHealth Group Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., regarding the ”meaningful use” standards for electronic health records released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
“We are encouraged by the release of the meaningful use final rule. This is a positive step to promote policies that encourage physicians, other health professionals and hospitals to adopt technology that meaningfully advances the quality, cost-effectiveness and interoperability of health care delivery. We stand ready to work with the Administration to rapidly advance both the sophistication of these products and their wider use by physicians and hospitals.
“UnitedHealth Group and its businesses are already encouraging physicians and hospitals to adopt EHRs through reimbursement and performance-based incentives. Ingenix CareTracker is a Web-based EHR that already provides physicians with the capabilities, including clinical decision support, ePrescribing and quality reporting tools, to demonstrate meaningful use and qualify for federal incentives. Further, we offer interest-free loans, performance guarantees and technology that eliminate up-front, out-of-pocket costs for physicians.”
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (www.unitedhealthgroup.com) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of health benefit programs through UnitedHealthcare, Ovations and AmeriChoice, and health services through Ingenix, OptumHealth and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) serves more than 75 million people nationwide.