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Published on August 05, 2014

MU Health Care Ninth Hospital in Nation to Achieve Stage 2 'Meaningful Use' Status

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care is the first academic medical center and the ninth health system in the country to meet federal Stage 2 “meaningful use” standards for its adoption of medical information technology to improve patient care.

To qualify for Stage 2 meaningful use standards, MU Health Care met 19 objectives set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) related to medical information technology. MU Health Care previously qualified for Stage 1 meaningful use standards in 2011 by achieving 18 objectives related to data capturing and sharing set by CMS. This is the first year health systems could achieve Stage 2 meaningful use status.

“University of Missouri Health Care strives to be a leader in the use of health information technology, and this designation recognizes that commitment,” said Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care. “This technology helps us engage with patients and empowers them to take an active role in their health, and it is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our staff.”

Meaningful use involves the implementation of certified electronic health record technology to:

· Improve quality, safety, efficiency and reduce health disparities
· Engage patients and family
· Improve care coordination and public health
· Maintain privacy and security of patient health information

“While Stage 1 meaningful use standards focused on gathering data, Stage 2 is really about pushing the boundaries of communicating with providers in a meaningful way across organizations,” said Bryan Bliven, chief information officer at MU Health Care and executive director of the Tiger Institute. “We could not have met this goal alone.”

MU Health Care’s online patient portal, MU Healthe, offers patients the ability to schedule appointments, communicate with health care providers and view lab results online. Additionally, MU Health Care is a member of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance, a health exchange allowing MU physicians to share patients’ up-to-date electronic medical records with providers from other health care organizations in central Missouri.

“If a person is traveling out of town and has a medical emergency, a hospital in the network can access that person’s medical history,” said Thomas Selva, M.D., chief medical information officer for MU Health Care and professor of child health at the MU School of Medicine. “This avoids potential medication errors and tells a provider if the patient has a medical condition that could be affected by their treatment.”

MU Health Care has a tradition of utilizing advanced medical information technology to improve patient care. In July, University of Missouri Health Care was recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems, according to the 2014 Most Wired Survey by the American Hospital Association’s “Hospitals & Health Networks” magazine. University Hospital also has been recognized for its adoption of electronic medical records, having achieved Stage 7 of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model — the highest level of EMR implementation set by HIMSS Analytics.