The Physician’s Role in Meaningful Use

Farrell Pierson, MD

Meeting U.S. government standards for Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR) covers everything from protecting patients’ personal health information to sending secure email to submitting reportable disease data to public health agencies.

But for many physicians in clinical practice, the focus is on monitoring and ordering timely interventions for their Medicare patients with chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease and hyperlipidemia.

If your EHR’s Clinical Decision Support (CDS) has the right clinical content and automated features, it will support your patient assessment and planning – like a helpful assistant at your elbow, not in your face.

Using CDS to Support Meaningful Use

Your EHR can help you perform timely interventions, whether that means:

  • Lipid level checks for a patient with coronary artery disease
  • A pneumococcal vaccine for a 65-year-old
  • A hemoglobin A1C for a diabetic patient
  • Countless other clinical quality measures mandated under Meaningful Use in 2016 and coming years

The more helpful EHR systems combine prompts with automated ordering to support physicians in taking the right action at the right time. For example, the system might suggest a set of orders based on a patient’s previous lab results and date of last screening. With one-click ordering built into some systems, you can quickly review the orders and click once to place those orders.

Time relief for you. High-quality care for your patients.

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