Meaningful Use Stage 2 Could Be IT Quagmire
When the feds finalized the Stage 2 rules for Meaningful Use of electronic health records last summer, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national health IT coordinator, said Stage 1 was about "beginning the journey" to a nationwide network of interoperable EHRs that promote safety, quality, efficiency and care coordination. Stage 2 builds on that momentum and begins to emphasize data sharing. "The big message here is the push on standards-based interoperability of information," Mostashari said.
Indeed, Stage 2 ramps up requirements for health information exchanges, interoperability and, importantly, engaging patients in their own care in the name of care coordination. For the first time, achieving Meaningful Use and earning federal EHR incentive payments are no longer completely in the hands of providers, and that fact worries more than a few clinicians.