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The objectives of Meaningful Use of a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) are to improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of care. Meaningful Use of EHRs can improve health care processes through the use of software applications that provide secure access, clinical decision support, performance reporting, and exchange of information with other providers of care. Systems such as these help to avoid preventable errors and allow for making better and more consistent decisions.
Under the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is authorized to make incentive payments for Medicare and Medicaid Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals that demonstrate meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record technology. These incentives provide additional resources to stimulate continued improvement throughout the health care system.
The vision which drives the achievement of meaningful use of EHR is one in which all patients are fully engaged in their healthcare, providers have real-time access to all medical information and tools to help ensure the quality and safety of the care provided while also affording improved access and elimination of health care disparities.
The intent of Meaningful Use is using certified Electronic Health Record technology to:
- Improve quality, safety, and efficiency of health care to reduce health disparities
- Engage patients and their families in their health care
- Improve coordination of care
- Improve population and public health
- Maintain privacy and security of patient information
Achievement of Meaningful Use requires the following:
- Adopt/Implement/Upgrade to a certified Electronic Health Record
- Demonstrate the meaningful use of a certified Electronic Health Record
The Meaningful Use initiative requires an integrated approach between the IHS Meaningful Use team, National Indian Health Board American Indian/Alaska Native National Regional Extension Center (NIHB AI/AN National REC) and its sub-recipient contractors.
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