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Health IT contracts offer little protection for buyers

InformationWeek, August 24, 2010

As healthcare providers purchase electronic health record software and other health IT to meet meaningful use requirements, they must insist that the legal contracts they sign with vendors will protect their interests. Last week at the American Health Information Management Association's 2010 Legal Electronic Health Record Conference in Chicago, Steven Fox, a lawyer focusing on health IT issues with law firm Post & Schell, urged healthcare providers to ask themselves key questions when acquiring EHR technology to achieve meaningful use, including: What technology and services should be purchased? What is to be paid for and when? How to assure that requirements will be met? And what happens if the product fails?