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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2

Clinical Lab-Test Results

Objective:

Incorporate clinical lab-test results into Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) as structured data

Measure:

More than 55 percent of all clinical lab tests results ordered by the EP during the EHR reporting period whose results are either in a positive/negative or numerical format are incorporated in CEHRT as structured data

Changes from Meaningful Use Stage 1:

The Clinical Lab-Test Results Objective changed from being a Menu Objective in Stage 1 to a Core Objective in Stage 2.

 Stage 1Stage 2
Objective Incorporate clinical lab-test results into certified EHR technology as structured data Incorporate clinical lab-test results into Certified EHR Technology as structured data
Measure More than 40% of all clinical lab tests results ordered by the EP during the EHR reporting period whose results are either in a positive/negative or numerical format are incorporated in Certified EHR Technology as structured data More than 55% of all clinical lab tests results ordered by the EP during the EHR reporting period whose results are either in a positive/negative or numerical format are incorporated in Certified EHR Technology as structured data

Clinical Importance:

Incomplete or misplaced test results make efficient, safe, and effective clinical decision-making difficult. Having lab and test results in the patient’s record allows for ease of access and reference when and where it is needed. The availability of structured lab results within the EHR contributes to office efficiencies while also assisting providers in the ability to make real time decisions about the patient’s care.

CMS Resources:

The following resources are available to help you meet the Clinical Lab-Test Results meaningful use core measure:

CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

National Learning Consortium Resources:

The NLC resources are examples of tools that are used in the field today, and that are recommended by “boots-on-the-ground” professionals. The NLC, in partnership with HealthIT.gov, shares this collective EHR implementation knowledge and resources throughout this site. 

National Learning Consortium Resources
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Delivering Lab Results (HIE scenario, workflow, and specifications)

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A series of health information exchange (HIE) scenarios intended to provide a straightforward view into the standards, services and policies behind HIE solutions related to this Meaningful Use Measure.

ONC Office of Science and Technology

The material in these guides and tools represents the collective EHR implementation experiences and knowledge gained directly from the field of ONC’s outreach programs (REC, Beacon, State HIE) and through the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) Communities of Practice (CoPs) in their performance of technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers. The information contained in these resources is not intended to serve as legal advice nor should it substitute for legal counsel. The resource list is not exhaustive, and readers are encouraged to seek additional detailed technical guidance to supplement the information contained herein.

Reference in this web site to any specific resources, tools, products, process, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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