Resources from ONC on Becoming a Meaningful User of EHRs

Julie Franklin | January 12, 2011

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) want to help you on your journey to becoming a meaningful user of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.  Here are resources about meaningful use, Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and the EHR certification process to help guide you:

Meaningful Use and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

1) Meaningful Use Overview

2) Path to Payment

3) PowerPoint Presentation: Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule

4) Timeline: Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

5) Being a Meaningful User of Electronic Health Records

6) Meaningful Use Specification Sheets

7) Flow Chart – Determine Eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs


1) Certification Programs Overview

2) Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rule Fact Sheet

3) HITECH Temporary Certification Program for EHR Technology

4) Temporary Certification Program Final Rule Frequently Asked Questions

5) Permanent Certification Program

6) Certified Health IT Product List

Privacy and Security

1) Advancing Privacy and Security in the Health Information Exchange

2) Health Information Privacy and Information on HIPAA

For additional resources on certification and meaningful use check out ONC’s Meaningful Use resources:

ONC has also funded 62 Regional Extension Centers, located across the country, to offer customized, on-the-ground assistance for providers who need help adopting and meaningfully using certified EHR technology.

You can also stay up to date on ONC and CMS activities by:

What resources or tools from ONC, CMS, or other organizations have you or your practice used to help you become a meaningful user? What challenges have you faced on your road to meaningful use? We encourage you to start a dialogue and share your comments below.