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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Components of Meaningful Use

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

There has been a lot of media attention around the term “meaningful use” of health information technology, but for many people the term is still unclear. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has defined meaningful use as having five critical components. The first component is improving quality, safety, efficiency, and reducing health disparities, and the second is engaging patients and families in their health care.

The third component of meaningful use is improving care coordination: going beyond the four walls of our hospitals to collaborate with other health care providers. One example of this is the health information exchange between Texas Health and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

The fourth component of meaningful use is improving population and public health. We can do this by submitting clinical data to public health agencies to help them with bio surveillance. Texas Health hopes to be the first health system in Texas to submit laboratory information to health agencies.

The fifth and final component of meaningful use is to do all of these things while maintaining the privacy and security of our patients’ health information. To learn more about electronic health records, visit our EHR microsite at

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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