Stakeholders at a May 20 listening session held by a Health IT Policy Committee workgroup expressed their dismay with the federal government's electronic health records meaningful use program. Some argued that Stage 2 should be the final MU stage, while others called for a further implementation delay of Stage 3.
Michael Lee, M.D., director of clinical informatics at Atrius Health, a large multi-specialty ambulatory group practice in the Boston area, told the workgroup that most eligible providers nationally will not meet Stage 2 in 2014 which should give ONC "significant pause" about moving on to Stage 3. Lee recommended making Stage 2 the final stage of meaningful use and then every 3 to 5 years add a small number of features.
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