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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2

Record Demographics


Record the following demographics: preferred language, sex, race, ethnicity, date of birth


More than 80 percent of all unique patients seen by the EP have demographics recorded as structured data.

Changes from Meaningful Use Stage 1:

 Stage 1Stage 2

Record demographics

  • Preferred language
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Date of birth

Record the following demographics

  • Preferred language
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Date of birth
Measure More than 50% of all unique patients seen by the EP have demographics recorded as structured data More than 80% of all unique patients seen by the EP have demographics recorded as structured data

Clinical Importance:

Efficient practice management requires capturing accurate demographic information (name, address, sex, insurance, etc.). Maintaining this data is essential for accurate billing and provides an opportunity to look at your practice results in performance in terms of these demographic groups (i.e. age, sex, race, etc.).

CMS Resources:

The following resources are available to help you meet the Record Demographics 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
Resource NameDescriptionSource

Quality Improvement in Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit



Toolkit that identifies members of racial and ethnic subgroups to measure gaps in care and to explore ways to improve health care quality.

Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS)

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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