Meaningful Use: Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentives Program
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR (Electronic Health Record) Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for the MU (Meaningful Use) of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. By demonstrating MU of certified EHR technology, providers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives. These benefits include reduced errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support, and automated e-prescribing/refill processing. Meaningful Use is defined in a specific way, requiring fifteen "Core" and ten "Menu" criteria. Of the ten Menu options, three require reporting to public health. The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) will participate in the adoption of EHR and MU by assessing and ensuring electronic delivery of information in the Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) and Syndromic Surveillance System. The HDOH is currently working towards ensuring its readiness to receive these data and that its health partner providers meet MU certification.