U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Meaningful Use is a policy and regulation goal of The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, intended to promote the spread of electronic health records (EHRs) to improve health care in the United States.

The benefits of the Meaningful Use of EHRs include:

  • Complete and accurate information. With electronic health records, providers have the information they need to provide the best possible care. Providers will know more about their patients and their health history before they walk into the examination room.
  • Better access to information. Electronic health records facilitate greater access to the information providers need to diagnose health problems earlier and improve the health outcomes of their patients. Electronic health records also allow information to be shared more easily among doctors’ offices, hospitals, and across health systems, leading to better coordination of care.
  • Patient empowerment. Electronic health records will help empower patients to take a more active role in their health and in the health of their families. Patients can receive electronic copies of their medical records and share their health information securely over the Internet with their families.

We’ve worked with Hill & Knowlton Strategies on the implementation of Meaningful Use to educate eligible providers and hospitals on how they must adopt certified EHR technology in order to achieve specific objectives.

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