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HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association Responds to Proposed Meaningful Use and Certification Rules
Date:3/15/2010

software development, testing, training and deployment.  With the starting dates for meaningful use rapidly approaching, we believe that no additional meaningful use requirements should be added in the Final Rule to be issued by CMS this spring."

Barnes added, "In our comments to ONC, we asked for clarification and enhancements on a number of certification criteria as well as strengthening the recommended standards for health information exchange and security to accelerate interoperability for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of meaningful use. We strongly encourage use of robust, harmonized standards, including use of proven HITSP-recommended standards for exchange of clinical documents.  We are concerned that allowing two options for document standards as proposed, rather than focusing on the CDA/CCD standard, will add costly rework and unnecessary overhead when we move to a single standard for Stage 2 meaningful use."

"The EHR Association has been a strong and early supporter of EHR certification, standards for interoperability and, of course, the meaningful use of our products toward a more efficient, effective healthcare system," Segal said.  "We appreciate the opportunity to engage in the important process of making sure ARRA incentives encourage EHR adoption.  Fundamentally, we are optimistic that CMS and ONC will respond thoughtfully to the many comments received and make the changes needed to ensure that the ARRA incentives achieve their intended objectives."  


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