Stage 2 eligible hospitals are making progress in meeting meaningful use measures for care transitions, patient engagement, patient safety, and public health reporting, according to recently released data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

ONC’s Dawn Heisey-Grove presented the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program data through January 2015 at last week’s Health IT Policy Committee. “There are very little disparities in terms of progress to specific Stage 2 measures,” concluded Heisey-Grove.

According to ONC, on average 72 percent of hospitals attesting for Stage 2 reported on all three mandatory public health measures: immunization registry, syndromic surveillance, and electronic laboratory results. Further, a new ONC data brief finds that 88 percent of hospitals have reported immunizations, 85 percent on lab results, and 75 percent on syndromic surveillance. 

Heisey-Grove said that on average Stage 2 hospitals are sending electronic summaries of care for 36 percent of all transitions. The electronic summary of care measure applies only to Stage 2 hospitals, and requires that more than 10 percent of care transitions have a summary of care record provided electronically using certified technology.

When it comes to patient engagement, she revealed that on average 15 percent of Stage 2 hospitals’ patients viewed, downloaded, or transmitted their electronic health information at least once during the reporting period. This measure applies only to Stage 2 hospitals, and requires that more than 5 percent of patients view, download, or transmit their electronic health information at least once.

On average, 70 percent of medications administered in Stage 2 hospitals had all doses tracked through an electronic medication administration record (eMAR). This measure requires that more than 10 percent of the hospitals’ inpatient or emergency department medication orders have all doses tracked through an eMAR.

And, while the e-prescribing measure is optional in Stage 2, on average hospitals that selected this measure used e-prescribing for 56 percent of all permissible discharge medications. For this measure, hospitals must query for a drug formulary and transmit electronically more than 10 percent of their permissible hospital discharge medications.

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