The Future of Healthcare: Meaningful Use Objectives Through 2015

Date Added: May 23, 2011

Author: Michael.Young

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed meaningful use objectives that could shape the future of hospitals across the nation. The government is offering hospitals and healthcare providers tax credit incentives, stated in the Recovery Act, for those who prove meaningful use. These tax credits are designed to promote widespread adoption of electronic medical records, which could vastly improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety.

The most effective systems will become standard across the country in order to achieve the following proposed objectives:

2011 Objectives:

Through meaningful use, the goal by 2011 is to electronically capture medical information and use it to track key clinical conditions via:

Implement drug-to-drug, drug-to-allergy, drug-to-formulary checks

Maintain an up-to-date problem list of current and active diagnoses

Maintain active medication list and allergies list

Record demographics and vital signs

Incorporate lab test results into Electronic Healthcare Records as structured data

Generate lists of patients by specific conditions to use for quality improvement, reduction of disparities, and outreach

Report hospital quality measures to CMS

Implement one clinical decision rule related to a high priority hospital condition

Check insurance eligibility electronically from public and private payers

Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information, including lab results, medication lists, problem list, allergies and discharge summary

Provide patients with an electronic copy of their discharge instructions and procedures at time of discharge, upon request

Provide access to patient-specific education resources

Capability to exchange key clinical information (e.g. – discharge summary, procedures, problem list, medication list, allergies, test results) among providers of care and patient authorized entities electronically

Capability to submit electronic data to immunization registries and actual submission where required and accepted.

Capability to provide electronic submission of reportable lab results to public health agencies and actual

Compliance with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule

Compliance with new data sharing practices

2013 Objectives:

Through meaningful use, the goal by 2013 is to report more specific patient data and increase accountability for record-keeping.

Manage chronic conditions using patient lists and decision support

Provide clinical decision support at the point of care (e.g., reminders, alerts)

Specialists report to relevant external disease (e.g., cardiology, thoracic surgery, cancer) or device registries

Conduct closed loop medication management, including

Access for all patients to PHR populated in real time with patient health data

Provide access to patient-specific educational resources in common primary languages

Record patient preferences (e.g., preferred communication media, advance directive, health care proxies, treatment options)

Documentation of family medical history

Retrieve and act on electronic prescription fill data

Produce and share an electronic summary care record for every transition in care (place of service, consults, discharge)

2015 Objectives:

Through meaningful use, the overall goal by 2015 is to improve the national healthcare performance and support care processes.

Achieve minimal levels of performance on quality, safety, and efficiency measures

Implement clinical decision support for national high priority conditions

Medical device inter- operability

Multimedia support (e.g., x-rays)

Patients have access to self- management tools

Electronic reporting on experience of care

Access comprehensive patient data from all available sources

Use of epidemiologic data

Automated real-time surveillance (adverse events, near misses, disease outbreaks, bioterrorism)

Clinical dashboards

Provide patients, on request, with an accounting of treatment, payment, and health care operations

Protect sensitive health information to minimize reluctance of patient to seek care because of privacy concerns

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