Healthcare IT News December 30, 2019
Mike Miliard

There have been many frustrations with how the federal EHR incentive program was implemented this past decade, but those big government subsidies have enabled headway that might not have happened otherwise.

Ten years ago today, on December 30, 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the proposed rule outlining how hospitals and physician practices could qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments from the EHR incentive program.

Meaningful use, as the program became known in the months and years ahead, was a transformative event for the health IT sector – for better and for worse.

The introduction of $27 billion worth of federal subsidies (the number would soon rise to more than $35 billion) as part of the HITECH...