Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use sets specific objectives that eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals must achieve to qualify for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs.

According to, Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:


  • Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
  • Engage patients and family
  • Improve care coordination, and population and public health
  • Maintain privacy and security of patient health information
    The ultimate goal of meaningful use compliance is to achieve results in better clinical outcomes, improve population health outcomes, increase transparency and efficiency, empower individuals and more robust research data on health systems.

    Meaningful Use Attestation is the process of submitting data to CMS to prove you have met the criteria set forth in the program.  The deadline is the last day of February of the current year for the previous year's reporting period.  On occasion, CMS has extended this deadline so it is always a good idea to consult CMS's website for the current deadline. Before the end of your reporting period you should have upgraded to the latest version of ChartMaker Medical Suite In addition, please be sure to select the correct certification number for ChartMaker Medical Suite based on the version of the software you were using during your reporting period. For any questions on attesting, please see the Attestation User Guide.

    Clinical Quality Measures:

    To successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use, EPs are also required to report Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) that are specific to the EP.   All providers must use EHR technology that has been certified to the latest standards and capabilities that contains new CQM criteria. Providers will report using the criteria set forth in 2014 regardless of whether they are in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. For more detailed information on CQMs, visit our Clinical Quality Measures page.

    Getting Started for Meaningful Use

  • Determine your eligibility to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs HERE
  • Determine which Stage of Meaningful Use you are attesting for and the requirements.
  • Contact STI to register for a Meaningful Use Training Package; this setup and consultation package includes 2 onsite sessions and 1 web session - REGISTER HERE

    Additional documents for getting started:

  • Which Stage Am I In? – Participation Guidelines
  • Meaningful Use – Preparation for Attestation Checklist
  • Meaningful Use - Clinical Quality Measures (2016)
  • Meaningful Use - Clinical Quality Measures (2017)
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    Request training for your office and increase your knowledge of ChartMaker® Medical Suite.

    Additional Resources for Meaningful Use


    Instructional Materials

    Find important downloads and how-to documents to assist in your learning and knowledge of ChartMaker® Medical Suite.

    Select your stage below to find specific materials for your office.

    Stage 1
    Stage 2
    Stage 3
    Security Risk Analysis
    Security Risk Analysis

    Protect Electronic Health Information

    For important information on Core Measure: Protect Electronic Health Information (Stage 1: #13; Stage 2: #9) of Meaningful Use, please review the following:


  • Top 10 Myths about HIPAAs Required Security Risk Analysis
  • Information Security Policy Template (Can be used as an office manual for Security Policy)
  • Tools to Complete Your Assessment:

  • HIT Security Risk Assessment Questionnaire (Downloadable Excel Spreadsheet To Complete Assessment - ** MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE END OF YOUR REPORTING PERIOD**)
  • HIT Security Risk Assessment Tool(Downloadable Tool To Complete Assessment -** MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE END OF YOUR REPORTING PERIOD**)
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    Instructional Videos

    Watch and learn from our list of videos to increase your knowledge of ChartMaker® Medical Suite.

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