Meaningful Use Defined

Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:

  • Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
  • Engage patients and family
  • Improve care coordination, and population and public health
  • Maintain privacy and security of patient health information

Ultimately, it is hoped that the meaningful use compliance will result in:

  • Better clinical outcomes
  • Improved population health outcomes
  • Increased transparency and efficiency
  • Empowered individuals
  • More robust research data on health systems
  • Stages of Meaningful Use

    These objectives will evolve in three stages over the next five years:

    1. 2011-2012

      Stage 1

      Data capture and sharing

    2. 2014

      Stage 2

      Advance clinical processes

    3. 2016

      Stage 3

      Improved outcomes