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Why to Prioritize Upgrading to Meaningful Use Stage 3 Now

Healthcare facilities must meet legal requirements to ensure that their EHRs comply with Meaningful Use regulations and are certified to meet those requirements.


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Healthcare facilities must meet legal requirements to ensure that their electronic health records (EHRs) comply with Meaningful Use (MU) regulations and are certified to meet those requirements. Complying with MU Stage 3 requirements provides real benefits to hospitals, including:

  • Improved care coordination
  • Expanded patient engagement
  • Advances in patient safety

This white paper will:

  • Examine the positive changes that were incorporated into MU3
  • Make the case why updating facility technology to meet MU3 should be a priority
  • Present the challenges moving forward for hospitals upgrading to MU3 requirements
  • Provide MEDHOST’s recommendations for best practices to assist in this process.

Introduction: Meaningful Use So Far

At its essence, Meaningful Use was introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to develop uniformity and consistency for providers and clinicians to share patient healthcare information and improve the quality and coordination of care. Meaningful Use regulations introduced financial incentives and consequences for healthcare facilities to encourage the development of an integrated healthcare information technology (HIT) environment that fosters connectivity with other HIT systems.

The driving force behind the development of software solutions that manage the business of healthcare is to improve care for hospitals, providers, staff members, patients and communities. Long-term, the focus Meaningful Use puts on interoperability will lend itself to an interoperable nationwide health information infrastructure by focusing on the advanced use of EHR technology and electronic standards.

Download this white paper to learn more about the three phases of the Meaningful Use program, the impact of recent changes, implementation challenges, and read about best practices for facility implementation and upgrade from MEDHOST.