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Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use: An electronic health record (EHR) is an evolving concept defined as a systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations.[1] It is a record in digital format that is theoretically capable of being shared across different health care settings. In some cases this sharing can occur by way of network-connected enterprise-wide information systems and other information networks or exchanges. EHRs may include a range of data, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal stats like age and weight, and billing information.

How Do I Comply with Meaningful Use Requirements?

Your EHR or EHR components must meet ONC’s standards and implementation specifications, at a minimum, to be certified to support the achievement of meaningful use Stage 1 by eligible health care providers under the EHR Incentive Program regulations.  Along with many other criteria, ONC requires that an EHR meet nine security criteria to be certified. […]

What is Meaningful Use?

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for achieving “meaningful use,” which is the use of -certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. This section provides an overview of the Stage 1 EHR meaningful use core and menu objectives for eligible professionals (EPs) as outlined by CMS – which are intended to set a baseline […]

What Happens if We Have an EHR Meaningful Use Audit?

One aspect of the audit that has caused widespread confusion and has snagged many physician practices and institutions is the security risk analysis. While the EHR Incentive Program doesn’t ask for anything beyond what providers are already doing under HIPAA, they must conduct the analysis within their meaningful use reporting period.  The requirement for HIPAA is once […]