Overview for Staff

What Is Meaningful Use?

Meaningful Use is a national initiative that defines how hospitals and physicians will use electronic health records (EHRs) in meaningful ways that benefit patients. Some examples of meaningful use include proper documentation of a patient’s allergies, vital signs, and medications.

Why Do We Care About It?

Our vision is to heal humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. We will do this by delivering the highest quality care and service to every patient, every time. To accomplish this, we must meaningfully use our EHR to have the right information in the right place for every patient, every time.

How Is This Being Supported?

The federal government has established meaningful use of EHRs as a foundation for improving healthcare quality and value. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide SHC with financial incentives through 2015 to partially offset the costs of installing the EHR. CMS will impose penalties, starting in 2015, for those who have not complied with their requirements.

How Are We Measured?

Our performance in the clinics is measured and reported for each individual attending physician based on the care rendered and information provided to his/her patients.

How Will It Affect Me?

The entire care team, including physicians, nurses, MAs, and front-desk staff, will need to use the EHR in meaningful ways. For the most part, the effect on physicians and staff during the initial stage is minimal. Most requirements are already met as a part of our usual care of patients and workflows.

How Will We Meet Our Goals?

Performance for each attending physician will be internally reviewed and will guide our efforts to improve. By the end of the year, physicians will complete a simple attestation process, and SHC will prepare and perform the submission of data to the government.