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1 Meaningful Use of EHR: First Steps To Improved Patient Outcomes Jointly sponsored by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

2 Learn How to Achieve Meaningful Use In Your Practice With New Online Education Meaningful Use of EHR: First Steps to Improved Patient Outcomes In 1997, Cisco launched what is now its largest corporate social responsibility program, Cisco Networking Academy, which delivers information and communications technology (ICT) education in over 165 countries and serves approximately 1M students each year. Today, in partnership with healthcare professionals in Oregon, Cisco continues to innovate with a new corporate social responsibility education initiative. Meaningful Use of EHR: First Steps to Improved Patient Outcomes is an interactive online course designed specifically to help doctors and nurses better understand and learn how to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) in small to mid-sized clinical environments. The ability to show meaningful use is a mandatory federal requirement to become eligible for subsidies through Medicare and Medicaid. Meaningful Use of EHR: First Steps to Improved Patient Outcomes illustrates how the integration of EHRs can improve patient outcomes, lower costs and reduce inefficiencies by making the transition from traditional, paper-based healthcare systems. 2

3 The Meaningful Use Regulation In February 2009, The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was signed into law by the federal government. HITECH provides funding to clinicians through Medicare and Medicaid, intended to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology, starting with the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR). In order to qualify for incentive payments, eligible clinicians and hospitals must demonstrate meaningful use of the EHR system by satisfying a set of core healthcare delivery objectives, as outlined by the federal government. Fulfilling these federal milestones signifies an essential starting point on the path to adopt or upgrade certified EHR technology. The goal of the meaningful use regulation is to initiate the creation of a nationwide, interoperable healthcare network that empowers healthcare providers to exchange patient health information in real-time. Connected healthcare communities who share patient information through the use of an EHR system will facilitate improved patient outcomes and decreased operating costs, influencing streamlined efficiencies throughout the entire network. 3

4 About The Course Meaningful Use of EHR: First Steps to Improved Patient Outcomes is a new, 3-hour online course designed to help clinicians quickly understand meaningful use requirements and learn how to structure an EHR system within their healthcare environment. Authored in partnership with Dr. Chip Taylor, Medical Director of the O-HITEC healthcare organization in Oregon, the course features practical healthcare scenarios that efficiently and clearly illustrate EHR applications for clinicians in real world environments. The course specifically addresses the needs of those clinicians practicing in small to mid-size clinics with a high volume of patients and limited time for supplemental education. The online learning environment is flexible, allowing participants to work at their own pace while earning up to 3 CME credits. The course is designed for anytime, anywhere access from desktop computers and laptops. Educational Objectives After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to: Describe meaningful use requirements Employ an EHR system in your practice Distinguish what aspects of your practice will require digital adaptation Explain what metrics are needed to achieve meaningful use Chapter 1. Meaningful Use Criteria 1.1 New Legislation for Transformation 1.2 HITECH Act 1.3 Stages of Meaningful Use 1.4 Qualifying for Incentive Programs 1.5 Stage 1 Meaningful Use Criteria 1.6 Stage 1 Core Measures 1.7 Stage 1 Menu Chapter 2. The Implications of EHRs and Meaningful Use 2.1 How do I get to Meaningful Use? 2.2 Implementing a New EHR system 2.3 Certifying an Existing EHR system 2.4 Analyzing Requirements for EHR systems 2.5 Preparing for Meaningful Use 4

5 About the Course Course Specifics 3-hour online course authored in partnership with O-HITEC ( and Dr. Chip Taylor empowers small to mid-size clinics with a pathway to effectively realizing meaningful use compliance Features pause and resume for flexible, self-paced learning Unlimited access to the course for six months after registration $ 60 individual license fee for up to 3 CME credits Volume discounts available for group purchase System Requirements Internet Access Start a learning session from anywhere, anytime. Printer Simply print your accreditation certificate upon completion Adobe Flash Download available online 5

6 Enroll Today and Begin the Journey Whether you already have EHRs in your practice or are just starting implementation, this course can help you quickly gain the knowledge you need to streamline your IT environment and meet the meaningful use guidelines. The enrollment process takes just a few minutes. To register or learn more, visit. Physician Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Cisco HealthPath. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Nursing Continuing Education This educational activity for 3.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center s Commission on Accreditation. Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) assesses conflict of interest with its instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME activities. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by PIM for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest. The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity: Harry Chip Taylor, MD Disclosure of Unlabeled Use This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), and Cisco s HealthPath do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of PIM and Cisco s HealthPath. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Disclaimer Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco s trademarks can be found at < trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1009R) 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. 6

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