Meaningful Use and the iMedConsent™ Application

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), has created unique reimbursement opportunities for hospitals and eligible professionals (typically physician practices) that demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (EHRs).

Incentive Programs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR incentive programs provide incentive payments to hospitals and eligible professionals as they adopt certified EHR technology to demonstrate meaningful use. The certified health information technology employed may be either a complete EHR or a compilation of sufficient EHR modules to form a complete EHR product suite.

iMedConsent™ Application
The iMedConsent™ application has achieved 2011 Edition EHR Modular* ONC-ACB Certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting providers with Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the ARRA. The iMedConsent™ application was certified on February 8, 2013 under ICSA Labs’ ONC-ACB Electronic Health Record program and is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  See press release.

The iMedConsent™ application, version 3.833, meets the following certification criteria:

General Criteria

  • 170.302(g)  Smoking Status
  • 170.302(m)  Patient Specific Education Resources
  • 170.302(o)  Access Control
  • 170.302(p)  Emergency Access
  • 170.302(q)  Automatic Log-off
  • 170.302(r)  Audit Log
  • 170.302(s)  Integrity
  • 170.302(t)  Authentication
  • 170.302(u)  General Encryption
  • 170.302(v)  Encryption When Exchanging Electronic Health Information

Inpatient Criteria

  • 170.306(b)  Record Demographics
  • 170.306(e)  Electronic Copy of Discharge Instructions
  • 170.306(h)  Advance Directives

iMedConsent™ Application listing in the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).  CHPL Product Number: 130003R00

The iMedConsent™ application is used by numerous hospitals and physician practices to provide detailed, easy-to-understand discharge instructions and patient education materials. ONC-ACB certification of that functionality allows organizations to adopt a best-of-breed approach to providing patient-centered care while ensuring that the organization will continue to qualify for funding under the ARRA.

Additional Resources
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Programs website.

Employing a Strategic Approach to Implementing Meaningful Use Objectives
(Healthcare IT News, September 2, 2010)
Analytical commentary provides guidance to HIT professionals who are beginning to develop a strategic plan for meeting their “meaningful use” objectives.  This article provides valuable insights as to how to secure reimbursement for meaningful use of a certified EHR while simultaneously improving outcomes, enhancing cost savings, and maximizing revenues.  Numerous embedded links to external resources make this commentary an essential resource for both hospitals and eligible providers as they begin to formulate “meaningful use” strategy.

The “Meaningful Use” Regulation for Electronic Health Records
(The New England Journal of Medicine, July 13, 2010)
A concise overview of the meaningful use objectives written by David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services and Marilyn Tavenner, RN, MHA, Principal Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Launching Accountable Care Organizations — The Proposed Rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program
(The New England Journal of Medicine, April 21, 2011)
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, outlines the proposed rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  ACOs, a component of the Medicare Shared Savings Programs, are called for under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform).  ACOs must promote patient engagement and will need to meet certain patient-centeredness criteria.


* This EHR Module is 2011Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. iMedConsent™ Application, Version 3.833 was certified on February 8, 2013. CHPL Product Number: 130003R00