Secure Electronic Messaging

Use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information.

Measure:
For an EHR reporting period in 2015, the capability for patients to send and receive a secure electronic message with the EP was fully enabled during the EHR reporting period.

For an EHR reporting period in 2016, for at least 1 patient seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period, a secure message was sent using the electronic messaging function of CEHRT to the patient (or the patient-authorized representative), or in response to a secure message sent by the patient (or the patient-authorized representative) during the EHR reporting period.

2017 Measure:
For an EHR reporting period in 2017, for more than 5 percent of unique patients seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period, a secure message was sent using the electronic messaging function of CEHRT to the patient (or the patient-authorized representative), or in response to a secure message sent by the patient (or the patient-authorized representative) during the EHR reporting period.

 

 

 

Measure Numerator

The number of patients in the denominator for whom a secure electronic
message is sent to the patient (or patient-authorized representative), or in response to a secure message sent by the patient (or patient-authorized representative).

Threshold:
The numerator and denominator must be reported, and the numerator must be equal to or greater than 1.

2017 Numerator:
The number of patients in the denominator for whom a secure electronic
message is sent to the patient (or patient-authorized representative), or in response to a secure message sent by the patient (or patient-authorized representative).

2017 Threshold:
The resulting percentage must be more than 5 percent in order for an EP, eligible hospital, or CAH to meet this measure.

 

Measure Denominator

Number of unique patients seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period.

2017 Denominator:
Number of unique patients seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period.