M) What is meaningful use?

Simply put, "meaningful use" means providers need to show they're using certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity. There are three stages of meaningful use:

  • Stage 1 (2011-2012): “Data Capture” 
  • Stage 2 (2013-2014): “Data Aggregation and Exchange”
  • Stage 3 (2015): “Data Use to Improve Outcomes” 


For more information on meaningful use visit the Missouri HIT Assistance Center's website or the Office of National Coordinator (ONC)'s website.