Wed. Feb 8th, 2023

‘Meaningful use’ refers to how a person’s electronically-stored personal health information must be used by healthcare providers to benefit the patient. electronic stores sarjapur

In an effort to make sure Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) provide benefits to the average American as well as the healthcare industry, Congress passed legislation requiring EMRs be used “meaningfully” for the benefit of patients. Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in 2009 defined the Meaningful Use of electronic medical records, and mandated that EMRs should result in measurable health benefits to patients.

While in the future meaningful use will allow patients to inspect their own medical records for completeness and accuracy, for now it requires our healthcare providers to use the benefits of EMR technology to improve actual patient care – as opposed to just the processes various medical providers employ. Put simply, process efficiency improvements must be accompanied by patient benefits.

So what are those benefits? They fall into two categories: faster, better care and tools to help doctors treat patients:

1. Better, Faster Care

Car accidents are – sadly – an all-too-common occurrence on America’s highways…and they often result in life-threatening injuries. Meaningful use dictates that a person’s electronic medical records would be available to medical care personnel instantaneously. The emergency services crew responding to the car accident could access the victim’s blood type and drug allergies en route to the ER, and the waiting doctors and staff would have the same information available to them. This directly benefits patients by cutting down on medical errors and saving valuable time that the patient might not have to spare.

2. Tools for Doctors

Doctors see many patients, and keeping everyone’s medical history and drug reactions straight can be difficult. Meaningful use allows the implementation of new clinical support tools that will give the doctor a heads-up that prescribing a certain drug would cause a bad interaction with an existing prescription. Such smart tools could let the doctor know that – even though a female patient is only 35 years old – a mammogram is indicated due to other health factors. These clinical support tools help doctors avoid medication errors and can make a doctor aware of health issues that could arise.


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