Achievement of the nation’s ambitious objectives for electronic health record (EHR) adoption and meaningful use will depend not only on thoughtful federal polices, but also on the cooperation across all the components of the health care sector. To advance this collaboration, the Health Industry Forum at Brandeis University hosted a roundtable on July 8th with industry leaders and the National Health IT Coordinator, David Blumenthal, to discuss ways the private sector can help accelerate meeting these critical objectives.

As a follow-up, on August 5, 2010 Health Affairs and the Health Industry Forum hosted a meeting with Dr. Blumenthal and Marilyn Tavenner, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). With the recent issuance of the final regulations governing “meaningful use” of EHR, this forum focused on what specific steps the private sector is taking and what further roadblocks must be addressed to achieve EHR adoption and meaningful use.

In conjunction with the August 5 forum, Health Affairs Blog is featuring blog posts by forum participants and their colleagues. These posts highlight salient points from the event presentations and supplement those presentations. In addition, Blumenthal and Donald Berwick, the new CMS administrator, coauthored a post this morning on “Adoption and Meaningful Use of EHRs–The Journey Begins.”  Links to the posts from the August 5 forum participants are provided below.

Video from the event will be available next week on the Health Affairs Web site.