The Health IT Policy Committee has approved scaled-down recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on criteria for Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. The recommendations, which include 19 objectives for providers to comply with compared with 26 in an earlier version, will inform HHS in developing a proposed rule for Stage 3.

"We believe we have significantly reduced the total number in an effort to focus and reduce the burden," argued Paul Tang, chair of the workgroup, in his presentation.

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