Table 4. Key Informant Recommendations for Practices Preparing for Meaningful Use
 1. Realize that your practice is not just “checking boxes” for meaningful use attestation; you are really changing the way you provide health care.
 2. Find and use any knowledgeable sources of local support. Ask a lot of questions and know that you're not the only one out there with questions. Talk with other practices. Learn from others, but use what fits with your style and your practice.
 3. Set realistic expectations regarding this work and your progress. Work on small chunks one step at a time.
 4. Keep focused on the bigger picture of improving patient care and how everyone's work contributes to that bigger picture.
 5. Get your baseline data in order before thinking about how you're going to make improvements in the data.
 6. Make the best attempt to choose an EHR that can address what you need it to do. Then take the time to fully understand the capabilities of your EHR.
 7. Get your staff involved and engaged in the process. Find the incentive that motivates your providers and staff. Meet regularly with staff and providers to get input and feedback on changes and promote regular communication.
 8. Help your physicians and staff to become better users of their EHR. Provide them with training.
 9. Understand the measures and what's being asked of you. Get consensus among your providers on which measures are important to focus on and then stick with them. Then take time to understand your data and display your data and reports for all providers and staff in your practice to see.
10. Understand the costs associated with using EHR data effectively.
  • EHR, electronic health record.