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If a provider feeds data from certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to a data warehouse, can the provider report on Meaningful Use objectives and clinical quality measures from the data warehouse?

To be a meaningful EHR user a provider must do three things:

Have complete certified EHR technology for all meaningful use objectives either through a complete EHR or a combination of modules; and Meet 20 measures (19 for eligible hospitals and CAHs), including all of the core and five (5) menu-set measures associated with the objectives (unless excluded). Core measures include reporting clinical quality measures. Use the capabilities and standards of certified EHR technology in meeting the measure of each objective

If the conditions above are met and data is transferred from the certified EHR technology to a data warehouse, the provider can use information from the data warehouse to report on Meaningful Use objectives and clinical quality measures. However, in order to report calculated clinical quality measures, the data warehouse may need to be certified. The Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology has addressed the issue of certification of a data warehouse in the following Frequently Asked Question:

For more information about certification, you can contact ONC directly at

For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please visit

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