The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, an influential group comprising 1,400 CIOs and other I.T. leaders, is recommending a delay in Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use compliance.

"CHIME believes that it would not be prudent to move to Stage 2 until about 30 percent of eligible hospitals and eligible providers have been able to demonstrate EHR MU under Stage 1," according to a comment letter sent to federal officials. "We believe this approach would strike a reasonable balance between the desire to push EHR adoption and MU as quickly as possible, and the recognition that unreasonable expectations could end up discouraging EHR adoption if providers conclude that it will be essentially impossible for them to qualify for incentives."

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