Meaningful Use Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) objectives and measures under Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires eligible professionals and hospitals to assess and document very specific patient health information. This will require healthcare professionals to provide patients with an electronic patient health record which they can view online, download, and transmit their health information. The ultimate goal for Stage 2 is to require patients to use health information technology in order for providers to achieve meaningful use.

Core and Menu Objectives

To demonstrate meaningful use under Stage 2 criteria below is a list of core and menu objectives. Eligible professionals must meet 17 core objectives:

  1. Use computerized provider order entry (CPOE) for medication, laboratory and radiology orders
  2. Generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically (eRx)
  3. Record demographic information
  4. Record and chart changes in vital signs
  5. Record smoking status for patient 13+ years
  6. Use clinical decision support to improve performance on high-priority health conditions
  7. Provide patients the ability to view online, download, and transmit their health information
  8. Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit
  9. Protect electronic health information related or maintained by the Certified EHR Technology
  10. Incorporate clinical lab-test results into Certified EHR Technology
  11. Generate lists of patients by specific conditions to use for quality improvement, reduction of disparities, research, or outreach
  12. Use clinically relevant information to identify patients who should receive reminders for preventive/follow-up care
  13. Use Certified EHR Technology to identify patient-specific education resources
  14. Perform medication reconciliation
  15. Provide summary of care record for each transition of care or referral
  16. Submit electronic data to immunization registries
  17. Use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information

Eligible professionals must meet 3 menu objectives:

  • Submit electronic synfromic surveillance data to public health agencies
  • Record electronic notes in patient records
  • Imaging results accessible through CEHRT
  • Record patient family health history
  • Identify and report cancer cases to a State cancer registry
  • Identify and report specific cases to a specialized registry (other than a cancer registry)

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