The concept of meaningful use is key to earning federal electronic health records (“EHR”) incentives. The following are four tips to keep in mind when working towards meeting meaningful use criteria:
- Track Progress. Many meaningful use measures establish a threshold that must be reached. Use “to do” lists and progress charts to track progress as needed. Make sure that all applicable criteria are addressed with respect to each objective. Test and re-test any changes made. Note such changes and results of testing in your progress charts.
- Adapt Workflow. Workflow changes may be necessary and desirable in order to obtain, report and share certain patient information. Try out different workflow scenarios and determine what works best for your organization. Clinical-care summaries and transition-of-care summaries should be routine.
- Welcome Changes. Develop an environment that is fully supportive of efforts to meet meaningful use criteria. Encourage behavior that works to reach your organization’s meaningful use objectives and to obtain incentive payments. Reward behaviors that improve patient care and advance meaningful use goals.
- Know Your Vendors. Ask specific questions about what your organization needs to meet meaningful use requirements. Do not assume that the software a vendor is trying to sell is certified by the Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Testing and Certification Body. Obtain independent verification
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