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03 Feb 2015 

What Is Meaningful Use And What Are Its Benefits

In the healthcare industry, Meaningful Use refers to the usage of certified electronic health record technology in a meaningful manner. Such a use of EHR is considered responsible for improving the safety, efficiency, as well as the overall service quality provided to the patients. With this, it becomes easier for the healthcare centers to ensure better care coordination as well as maintain the privacy as well as security of the patients’ health information, without the same being leaked out.


There are three stages designed for Meaningful Use to support the eligible medical professionals as well as the medical centers to implement and use EHR properly. This helps them to improve the safety and quality of the healthcare system. This also helps to determine whether an organization will receive payments from the Federal Government under the Medical EHR Incentive Program.


This concept is mainly aimed at improving the quality and efficiency, but it also reduces the differences in the healthcare services provided. Evidently, Meaningful Use program would promote the widespread use of electronic health records systems, which ensures creating a well-developed infrastructure in the healthcare industry.


In order to qualify for this program’s incentive payments, the provider must adopt an EHR strategy and show that they are using the records ‘meaningfully’. This is usually done by meeting a number of objectives that are designed in order to have a positive impact on the patients’ care. Once an eligible healthcare provider has opted for a program, they are allowed to make a onetime switch from one to the other.


The key benefit of Meaningful Use is that it ensures improved coordination of healthcare services given to the patients. The information can be shared easily across the medical care communities and that can include physician offices, hospitals as well as other health systems. This also helps these healthcare centers to receive accurate medical information electronically and then share it with other systems over the Internet. Hence, patients can also play a more active role in ensuring their healthcare as well as of their families. 


Along with this, access to information about various medications, diagnoses, and medical conditions is also made possible, which reduces the overall risk of errors. 


The overall value of meaningfully using the EHR program is that it endorses a more efficient and safer way to medical practice and provide better care to the patients.

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