Meaningful Use of EHR Best Practices

Four Best Practices For Meaningful Use Of EHR

Introducing an EHR to your practice can be a major change for the better – but as with most new technologies, it can come with a few challenges. Some of these are more psychological than technical, as many in your staff might understandably be a bit hesitant about this new way of doing things. Others simply come down to how well you plan for a new change. To assure quick adoption of true Meaningful Use of EHR, follow the best practices below for the best possible results!

Meaningful Use of EHR Best Practice #1: Engage your entire staff.

It is important that employees understand why they will be making Meaningful Use of EHR before they start doing so. Let them know the benefits right off the bat, such as more centralized patient data and faster processing of previously manual tasks like prescription requests. And of course, inform them what Meaningful Use of EHR is all about. There are numerous resources available, including here and here.

Meaningful Use of EHR Best Practice #2: Decide what your practice can actually handle.

Is your practice ready to go fully paperless? Not all are. The good news is, you don't have to be in order to demonstrate full Meaningful Use of EHR. There are "stepping stone" solutions for providers that want to try out a few paperless processes before diving all the way in. One such solution is RcopiaMU, the ONC-ATCB* modular solution that meets all 25 Meaningful Use objectives and starts at only $9 a day.

RcopiaMU benefits for the busy practice:

  • 2011/2012 Meaningful Use compliant
  • Meets all 25 Meaningful Use objectives
  • E-prescribing, patient medication history, and patient registry in one solution
  • A "stepping stone" Meaningful Use of EHR solution for practices not ready to go fully paperless
  • Short learning curve – one session is all it takes to learn the basics!

Alternatively, if your practice is ready to make the complete switch to paperless while meeting Meaningful Use of EHR, make sure you choose a fully vetted and certified solution. A good place to find one is DrFirst's EHR partners list of more than 200 vendors, many of whom offer the best Meaningful Use EHR solutions on the market.

Meaningful Use of EHR Best Practice #3: Measure your Meaningful Use progress.

Doctors will be happy to know that many Meaningful Use-compliant EHR solutions include a way to track progress on each Meaningful Use objective. For example, RcopiaMU allows users to see whether or not they've met any of the 25 core Meaningful Use objectives, just by viewing a single report. This is literally your dashboard to see how fast you're meeting Meaningful Use of EHR. Circling back to our first recommended Meaningful Use of EHR recommendation…don't forget to keep your staff apprised of how far along your practice is to meeting Meaningful Use of EHR.

Meaningful Use of EHR Best Practice #4: Educate your patients.

Health care practitioners aren't the only ones hearing about electronic health records. Patients are, too. Let them know you're using one now and why. Explain the Meaningful Use of EHR concept and what it means for better health outcomes. With solutions like RcopiaMU, you can easily print off patient medication history, prescription information, and more to give to your patients (that they can easily read for a change!)

DrFirst has many more Meaningful Use of EHR best practices to share, along with our low price, low risk solutions. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation!

*DrFirst's RcopiaMU is the combination of a DrFirst Rcopia ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certified Modular EHR, certification number CC-1112-401680-2, which meets the following certification criteria: 170.302(a-e, j, o-v) and 170.304(a-b), and the WellCentive Patient Registry 2.0, certification number CC-1112-946650-3, which meets the following certification criteria: 170.302(c-i, k-v) and 170.304(c-j). The additional software relied upon for testing included OpenATNA, First DataBank Drug Database, and Surescripts. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.