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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 1

Patient-Specific Education Resources


Use certified EHR technology to identify patient-specific education resources and provide those resources to the patient if appropriate.


More than 10 percent of all unique patients seen by the eligible professional are provided patient-specific education resources.

Clinical Importance

Patient-specific education is designed to help medical professionals and patients make better decisions about their health and links to relevant information with extensive articles, videos, and images for the patient. Patient-centered education allows for the patient to better understand their health and make informed lifestyle adjustments.

CMS Resources

The following resource is available to help you meet the Patient-Specific Educational Resources meaningful use menu measure:

Related CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions

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

MedlinePlus Connect


Online, free service allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and EHR systems to MedlinePlus, an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers.

U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Providing Patients with Patient-Specific Education Resources


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and tips related to Menu Measure 6: Patient-Specific Education Resources

Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC)

FAQs about the Patient Portal (for Patients)


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A patient-facing FAQ document on patient portals provides information on several frequently asked questions from patients including what is a patient portal, why is it important, what can it be used for, and how to get access.

Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC)

Using Patient Portals in Ambulatory Care Settings Fact Sheet


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A fact sheet on patient portals provides background information, Meaningful Use requirements, common concerns, and tips for launching the portal.

Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC)

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.

Related CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions around meaningful use, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


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