Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for achieving "meaningful use," which is the use of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. This section provides an overview of the Stage 1 EHR meaningful use core and menu objectives for eligible professionals (EPs) as outlined by CMS – which are intended to set a baseline for electronic data capture and information sharing.
The Stage 1 meaningful use objectives are grouped into five patient-driven domains that relate to health outcomes policy priorities. As depicted in the dashboard below, each core and menu objective is aligned to one of the following domains:
- Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency
- Engage Patients & Families
- Improve Care Coordination
- Improve Public and Population Health
- Ensure Privacy and Security for Personal Health Information
To aid providers and professionals with the implementation of the Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, the National Learning Consortium presents lessons learned and resources used in the field by the Regional Extension Centers and providers nationwide.
Navigate to a specific objective below for more information:
Legend by domain:
Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency
Engage Patients & Families
Improve Care Coordination
Improve Public & Population Health
Ensure Privacy & Security for Personal Health Information