Meaningful Use (MU)

The Meaningful Use (MU) Program is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It’s funded by the stimulus packages of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009. CMS set the following five MU goals:

  • Improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care while reducing disparities
  • Engage patients and families in their care
  • Promote public and population health
  • Improve care coordination
  • Promote the privacy and security of patient information

CMS has established objectives that all providers must meet in order to show that they are using their Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in ways that can positively affect the care of their patients. These objectives require providers to electronically enter data in a way that can be reported back to CMS.

At UNC Health Care, we implemented a team of analysts, coaches, and project managers to maximize opportunities to improve patient care.
Paper based notes that contain data such as diagnosis, vitals, medications, and allergies make finding and reporting on groups of patients with a common disease and/or treatment extremely difficult. Collecting data in a structured electronic format is critical to the accuracy and usability of clinical reporting and population health management.

Our success in Meaningful Use has led to collecting and reporting data that is driving better patient care and outcomes.

This data is used by our Primary Care Improvement Collaborative (PCIC). Breast Cancer Screening, Colorectal Cancer Screening, and Diabetes Management, are among the measures that are seeing improvement as a result of accurate structured electronic data.

If you have questions about MU, contact the project manager,