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The concept of “Meaningful Use”, establishes the U.S.
government standards for Electronic Health Records (EHR)
and for the exchange of patient clinical data between
healthcare providers, and insurers and patients.
Meaningful Use Defined
Using certified EHR technology to:
Improve quality, safety, and efficiency
Reduce health disparities
Engage patients and family
Improve care coordination
Improve population and public health
Maintain privacy and security of PHI
Ultimately, meaningful use compliance seeks:
Better clinical outcomes
Improved population health outcomes
Increased transparency and efficiency
More robust research data on health systems
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical
Health Act (HITECH Act) was created to stimulate the adoption of
EHR and supporting technologies, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) economic stimulus bill.
Eligible providers and hospitals must adopt certified EHR technology. They must use it to achieve efficiency in health data capture and sharing, and advance clinical processes resulting in improved patient outcomes.
HITECH’s incentives are designed to improve the health of Americans as well as their health care providers' performance through the “Meaningful Use” of EHRs with a focus on five health enhancing goals:
Promote public and population health
Engage patients and families in their care
Improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care while reducing disparities
Improve Care Coordination
Promote the privacy and security of patient information.