Health Data Management recently asked John Halamka, M.D., CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee that advises federal agencies, if the healthcare industry needs Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. Here is his answer:

Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2 created an important foundation. However, only now is the private sector catching up from the backlog of deferred work. The private sector Argonaut Project is accelerating interoperability, but is not yet mature. A delay in MU Stage 3 would actually improve adoption of EHRs and innovation in data exchange.

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