Promoting Interoperability (PI) Definition

Promoting Interoperability is the most recent manifestation of the original Meaningful Use program that was designed by CMS to encourage healthcare providers to demonstrate effective use of certified EHR technology. The program has evolved over time as providers have adopted EHRs and is now more focused on the interoperability across EHRs, hence the name Promoting Interoperability. Promoting Interoperability is a core component of the MIPS program for Medicare Part B.

Meaningful Use was established as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and included three main components:

  • Using certified EHR in a meaningful manner.
  • Exchanging health information electronically in a way that improves the quality of care.
  • Using certified EHR to submit clinical quality and other measures.

The final rule on Meaningful Use was published by The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in July of 2010. That rule established that there were three phases to the EHR Incentive Program.