Meaningful Use Overview

Meaningful Use Overview

Simply put, “meaningful use” means providers must demonstrate that they are using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured in terms of quality and in quantity.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, three main components of meaningful use are specified:

  1. The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
  2. The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
  3. The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

Meaningful Use Goals:

  • Improve quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care
  • Support patient-centered medical practice
  • Improve care coordination
  • Ensure adequate privacy and security
  • Improve population and public health for personal health information