Proposed changes in the meaningful use program for hospitals offer a measure of relief for providers, but some healthcare IT executives said the program still will be challenging for healthcare organizations that will pursue federal incentive payments for their use of electronic health records.

While the levels needed to achieve objectives for the program have been lowered, they’re still significantly challenging, they say, and some believe that most providers are just plain weary of the constant pressure, over several years, to meet new goals.

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