The American Hospital Association concurs with many concerns from six Republican members of the U.S. Senate who recently called for a pause to the EHR meaningful use program and re-examination of its strategies.

The program certainly compels a more critical look at it enters further stages, AHA said in a comment letter to Sens. Lamar Alexander, Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, Michael Enzi, Pat Roberts and John Thune. There is uneven progress in meaningful use as a digital divide remains between urban providers and rural providers, barriers to interoperability remain, concerns remain on whether Stage 2 criteria are doable, and meaningful use audits are too burdensome with auditors often not well-informed about meaningful use, AHA contends.

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