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Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

If you’re a bit overwhelmed by the notion of meaningful use (MU), you’re not alone. But you’re also not alone in your efforts to bring your practice into the digital age. Even if you are reluctant to make the many required changes in your recordkeeping, you and your patients will ultimately benefit in many ways— with more efficient workflow, better patient care and increased patient safety.

Many resources are available to you as you take steps to integrate a fully functioning electronic health record (EHR) system in your practice. These web pages are intended to be another resource for Carondelet Health Network-affiliated physicians, to help you navigate what may be new territory.

The primary goal of meaningful use is to improve the U.S. health care system by improving the quality and efficiency of care and patient safety. Meaningful use documents the value and use of electronic health records in health care settings.

The meaningful use incentive program recognizes that implementation of the EHR is key to making health care improvements in quality, efficiency and safety. To support health care providers during the transition period from paper-based to electronic systems, financial rewards for the meaningful use of qualified and certified EHRs to achieve health and efficiency goals have been developed.

Thus, meaningful use has come to mean the set of objectives that health care providers must meet in order to receive incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid. Meaningful use for eligible professionals (EPs) is defined as follows:

  • Use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner (e.g., e-Prescribing);
  • Use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information; and
  • Use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

For more information and to get started, just use the links on the left.

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