Summary Overview of Meaningful Use Objectives
Objective Measure
For individual professionals, provide patients with clinical summaries for each office visit; for hospitals, provide an electronic copy of hospital discharge instructions on request Clinical summaries provided to patients for over 50% of all office visits within 3 business days; over 50% of all patients who are discharged from the inpatient department or emergency department of an eligible hospital or critical access hospital and who request an electronic copy of their discharge instructions are provided with it
On request, provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information (including diagnostic-test results, problem list, medication lists, medication allergies, and for hospitals, discharge summary and procedures) Over 50% of requesting patients receive electronic copy within 3 business days
Generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically (does not apply to hospitals) Over 40% are transmitted electronically using certified EHR technology
Computer provider order entry (CPOE) for medication orders Over 30% of patients with at least one medication in their medication list have at least one medication ordered through CPOE
Implement drug–drug and drug–allergy interaction checks Functionality is enabled for these checks for the entire reporting period
Implement capability to electronically exchange key clinical information among providers and patient-authorized entities Perform at least one test of EHR’s capacity to electronically exchange information
Implement one clinical decision support rule and ability to track compliance with the rule One clinical decision support rule implemented
Implement systems to protect privacy and security of patient data in the EHR Conduct or review a security risk analysis, implement security updates as necessary, and correct identified security deficiencies
Report clinical quality measures to CMS or states For 2011, provide aggregate numerator and denominator through attestation; for 2012, electronically submit measures
Reproduced with permission from Blumenthal, D., and M. Tavenner. 2010. The “meaningful use” regulation for electronic health records. New England Journal of Medicine 363(6):501-504.


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