More than 60 percent of Stage 3 Meaningful Use measures require interoperability, up from 33 percent in Stage 2. However, the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment models—more than any other factor—could be the main driver for stimulating demand for interoperability among providers.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services touts Stage 3 objectives and measures as “advanced use of health information exchange functionality” that providers will be required to comply with in 2018. But, Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, argues that what is actually more important than Stage 3 in terms of driving interoperability is the Department of Health and Human Services’ delivery system reform initiative.

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