How Meaningful Use helps providers and patients
The benefits of Meaningful Use are numerous. However, the main benefit is the overarching ability to enhance the healthcare experience for the patient and the healthcare provider in ways that advance the quality of medical care.
In order to be successful, there are several health-enhancing goals that are the focus for Meaningful Use. These goals can also be seen as benefits of Meaningful Use, as they will provide a high level of value for both patients and medical professionals as each goal is reached.
- Improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of care while reducing disparities.
It is no secret that medical mistakes can and do happen. Sometimes, these disparities of care can have very dire consequences. Avoiding them is the goal, but reducing them is a first step. With meaningful use of an EHR, it will be possible to reduce the number of disparities that occur, because the records kept will be better, more thorough, and easier to access quickly. That will raise the quality of the care patients are getting, and improve the safety of every patient, along with making the medical care experience more efficient for everyone.
- Promoting public and population health.
As medical professionals see where the problems lie, the changes they make will affect not only their current patients, but the public. The overall health of the entire population can be improved over time by more careful measuring of where it is now.
- Improving care coordination.
Patients who see multiple doctors for a variety of issues can find that care coordination can be improved. With meaningful use of an EHR, this coordination will be vastly improved. That means fewer missed issues, and a better relationship between a patient and all of his or her doctors.
- Promoting the privacy and security of patient information.
Patient information should always be kept private and secure. Electronic health records are an excellent way to do that, and the guidelines that are put in place with Meaningful Use help ensure that medical professionals and hospitals will all be on the same page when it comes to the way records are stored and shared.