Predating physician orders

The goal of “Meaningful Use” is to improve patient care processes and outcomes.

Meaningful Use (MU): EHR incentive program The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determines what constitutes a “meaningful user,” while the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) defines what constitutes a “certified system.” See Figure 2.

For those providers who meet requirements for Medicare, there is ,000 in stimulus money available over a five-year period.

For those providers who meet requirements for Medicaid, there is ,750 available over a six-year period.

This provides a comprehensive implementation process and facilitates the success of each project.Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) were originally designed to organize data by communicating directly with analyzers.The first commercial LIS were introduced and developed in the 1980s by clinical analyzer manufacturers.These reference lab interfaces allowed the LIS to have virtually all patient results accessible for comprehensive analysis and to forward directly to the EHR.Figure 1, featuring Compu Group Medica’s Lab DAQ product, shows these interfaces.

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