A recent public hearing was designed to get industry feedback on how the electronic health records certification process can be improved. What the HIT Policy Committee workgroup also received was an ear full from those fed up with the number and pace of meaningful use requirements.

Sarah Corley, M.D., chief medical officer for NextGen Healthcare, testified at the May 7 hearing as part of a vendor panel. "A lot of what you heard in the testimony was not related just to the certification process--which certainly has room for improvement--but a lot of what you heard was related to meaningful use requirements," Corley told Health Data Management. "While [ONC Federal Policy Division Director] Steve Posnack was trying to point out that the two are separate, to people that use the software they're the same because they can't separate them."

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