Fridsma: Ineligible Providers Must Be Brought Into EHR Fold

Doug Fridsma, M.D., the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Chief Science Officer and Director of the Office of Science and Technology, told a HIMSS14 audience last week that long-term care and behavioral health providers--both of whom are not eligible for the EHR meaningful use incentive programs--are important stakeholders for the interoperable exchange of electronic health information. "We need to expand our portfolio to new use cases that brings them into the community for us to be able to exchange [information] with them," declared Fridsma.

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