High level Summary of Stages for Meaningful Use

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In order to meet the meaningful use criteria, EPs and hospitals must adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specific objectives.

The meaningful use criteria, objectives and measures will evolve in three stages over the next five years:

Stage 1:

Data Capture & Sharing

2011-2012

Meaningful use criteria focus:

Stage 2:

Clinical Processes

2014

Meaningful use criteria focus:

Stage 3:

Improved Outcomes

2016

Meaningful use criteria focus:

Electronically capturing health information in a standardized format More rigorous health information exchange (HIE) Improving quality, safety, and efficiency, leading to improved health outcomes
Using that information to track key clinical conditions Increased requirements for e-prescribing and incorporating lab results Decision support for national high-priority conditions
Communicating that information for care coordination processes Electronic transmission of patient care summaries across multiple settings Patient access to self-management tools
Initiating the reporting of clinical quality measures and public health information More patient-controlled data Access to comprehensive patient data through patient-centered HIE
Using information to engage patients and their families in their care Improving population health

Achieving meaningful use during Stage 1 requires meeting both core and menu objectives. All of the core objectives are required. EPs and health care service provider's may choose which objectives to meet from the meaningful use menu set. Return