The HIMSS Electronic Health Records Association is urging federal officials to enable providers still in Stage 1 meaningful use in 2014 to continue to use Stage 1 certified EHR technology rather than switching to the proposed updated 2014 Edition of certified EHRs.

In comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT on the proposed Stage 2 certification process, the association wrote, “As was generally agreed across the industry and by the HIT Policy Committee, a full 18 months is needed between release of the final rules and when providers need to upgrade. As of now, however, it is expected that this will be reduced to approximately 12 months for eligible hospitals and 15 months for eligible professionals.”

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