To qualify for the first wave of HITECH meaningful use incentives starting in 2011, hospitals have to meet 14 core requirements and eligible professionals -- such as doctors and nurse practioners -- must meet 15 core requirements.
In addition to those core requirements, healthcare providers also must meet five objectives of their choosing from a menu of 10.
Here is a summary of the core requirements healthcare providers must meet in their "meaningful use" of health IT such as e-health records and computerized physician order entry systems.
Some of the requirements vary slightly depending upon whether the healthcare provider is an eligible professional (doctor, nurse practitioner, etc.) or a hospital.
For a more detailed look at the government's 864-page document outlining the full set of regulations, click here. A chart listing the requirements starts on page 221.