All of the desired measures being considered for Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program cannot feasibly be met by 2016, “nor do we see any value in attempting the rushed adoption of various EHR uses by that time,” the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives tells federal officials in a comment letter on what Stage 3 should look like.

CHIME led off its comments expressing dismay at the short comment period, based on early proposals from the HIT Policy Committee, which interfered with the holidays and end-of-year professional commitments of CIOs. “We also wish to acknowledge the difficulty of commenting on a number of the proposed objectives and measures for Stage 3 and related issues at a time when there is still limited information regarding Stage 1 and no real experience under Stage 2.”

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