Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
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Bandied around by the government and software developers alike, CIOs needed to know the definition of meaningful use before they would commit thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to investing a particular solution. To ensure ISVs met the newly-minted meaning, HHS opted to name third-party organizations to test and certify that applications met the government's standards, a move designed to provide peace-of-mind for nervous executives and IT professionals.