Meaningful use Definitions

  • E

    Epic Systems Corp.

    Epic Systems Corp. is the market leader in electronic health records (EHR) technology and also sells population health management software. The privately held company is among the most criticized health IT vendors, yet its success is clear with more than 190 million users.

  • H

    Healthcare CIO (healthcare chief information officer)

    A healthcare CIO is a healthcare executive with an influence over technology purchasing and other IT business decisions.

  • HIPAA omnibus rule (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 omnibus rule)

    The HIPAA omnibus rule (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 omnibus rule), in a health information technology (HIT) context, is a rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules to implement statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

  • HITECH Act

    The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) signed into law in 2009, supports meaningful use of health IT.

  • M

    meaningful use

    Meeting the criteria of meaningful use of electronic health records earns healthcare providers reimbursement payments from an EHR incentive program.

  • meaningful use attestation

    Meaningful use attestation, in a health information technology (HIT) context, is a process that documents that an organization or individual has successfully demonstrated meaningful use and is successfully fulfilling the requirements for electronic health records (EHR) and related technology.

  • meaningful use stage 1

    Meaningful use stage 1 is the first phase of the United States federal government's meaningful use incentive program, which details the requirements for the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems by hospitals and eligible health care professionals.

  • meaningful use stage 2

    Meaningful use stage 2 is the second phase of the meaningful use incentive program that details the second phase of requirements for the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems by hospitals and eligible health care providers.

  • meaningful use stage 3

    Meaningful use stage 3 is the third phase of the federal incentive program that details requirements for the use of electronic health record systems by hospitals and eligible healthcare professionals. However, the new MACRA law will change the overall meaningful use program, which may eventually lessen stage 3's influence.

  • Meditech (Medical Information Technology Inc.)

    Meditech (Medical Information Technology Inc.) is an electronic health record vendor that holds a 19% market share in the hospital industry, but faces intense competition.

  • U

    US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a cabinet-level agency in the executive branch of the federal government. Its mission is to enhance and protect the well-being of all Americans by providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health and social services.

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