CSC launches Meaningful Use online community

In light of a recent final ruling on what will be considered meaningful use in applying electronic health records (EHR) to patient care, Computer Science Corporation (CSC) has launched an online community for healthcare providers. The Meaningful Use Community will allow healthcare professionals to share, learn and connect with colleagues to spread best practices in implementing meaningful use of EHRs, the company announced today.

Members of CSC’s Meaningful Use Community will enable other practitioners to understand how they are implementing EHRs, or how they plan to implement EHRs, to receive full reimbursement as outlined in the final ruling made July 13 by HHS. It will also put CSC health experts in contact with providers and other industry experts, the announcement said.

“Now that the finalized standards have been released, hospitals have only months to demonstrate meaningful use,” said Mark Roman, president of CSC’s Healthcare Group, in a statement. “There is a massive need within this growing industry for accurate, up-to-date information and best practices, and the CSC Meaningful Use Community is a great resource for healthcare professionals looking for answers.”

IDS Health Insights research manager, Judy Hanover, said that information sharing would be critical for the health industry to meet MU deadlines for EHRs, due to come up beginning next year. CSC’s platform will “providing a place for the industry to come together, exchange ideas, and learn from experts and peers,” she said in support of the community’s launch.

The collaborative website launch comes just days after CSC announced a similar effort aimed at helping company alumni connect. CSC’s InTouch network was launched last week for business development purposes, the company said, and is built on the SelecctMinds networking and referral platform.

The meaningful use effort is being powered by Jive, a social business software (SBS) provider. The two announced a partnership this June and the company will sell Jive solutions across its lines of business.