Preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 2: Practice Design and Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently announced that Stage 3 Meaningful Use would be pushed back one year to 2016, giving eligible providers another year to participate in Stage 2 attestation. Organizations whose EPs are seeking to meet the requirements for Meaningful Use should use this extension to their advantage and carefully consider how the right technology and right partner can simplify the attestation process and ensure their continued success in an era of rapid transformation in healthcare.

Technology adoption plays a critical role in positioning organizations to successfully complete the attestation process for Meaningful Use. Selecting an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and practice management solution that is certified as an ONC Complete EHR for Meaningful Use ensures practices can utilize the software to successfully meet the required measures, because the software has been designed with those measures in mind. HIPAA compliance continues to be of paramount importance, so organizations must choose a product and solution partner that helps users maintain the security of patient information and other private data. Organizations should also incorporate the use of new technologies into their workflows, such as clinical decision support, patient portals and health information exchange (HIE).

The right solution also features seamless interfacing capabilities, including HIE, immunization and lab interfaces that can be easily read, sent to the patient’s chart, messaged to the patient portal and uploaded to the patient registry in a swift, usable fashion. These features are also helpful to organizations seeing to adopt and implement more advanced care delivery models, like the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Patient-Centered Medical Home.

As providers increase and expand the use of technology in their practices, convenient and portable solutions designed for mobile devices provide immediate access to data while maintaining HIPAA compliance and help providers to increase their speed, improve their productivity and provide better-quality care for the patients they serve.  By making patient information secure and available whenever it is needed, wherever it is needed, providers place themselves in a position of market competitiveness for success.