The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH)
Act of 2009 provides the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) with the authority to establish programs to
improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the promotion of health IT, including electronic health
records and private and secure electronic health information exchange.
Under HITECH, eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive
payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specified objectives.
Meaningful use (MU), in a health information technology (HIT) context, defines the use of electronic health records
(EHR) and related technology within healthcare as mandated by the HITECH Act. Achieving meaningful use also
helps determine whether an organization will receive payments from the federal government under either the
Medicare EHR Incentive Program or the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
EMD Systems is capable of developing and
enhancing Meaningful Use Stage -2 or
Advanced Clinical Processes that will
streamline health information exchange.
For any and all requirements of
Meaningful Use Stage -2 do contact
firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Meaningful use criteria focus on:
More rigorous health information exchange (HIE).
Increased requirements for e-prescribing and incorporating lab results.
Electronic transmission of patient care summaries across multiple settings.
To ensure that the Electronic Health
Record (EHR) technologies meet the
adopted standards and certification
norms the Office of the National
Coordinator for Health Information
Technology (ONC) provides a well defined
process. This helps the providers and
health institutions achieve Meaningful
Use (MU) objectives and meet the
measures established by the Centres for
Medicare and Medical Services (CMS).
Those who seek to qualify for incentive
payments under the Medicare and Medicaid
EHR Incentive Programs including
Professionals and hospitals are expected
to use certified EHR technology.