Advocacy organization eHealth Initiative, a coalition of health information technology stakeholders, has joined many other organizations in expressing concern about the expected tight timelines between publication of rules to set criteria for Stage 2 of meaningful use and the start of Stage 2.

In a comment letter to the Office of the National Coordinator on initial draft criteria for Stage 2, eHealth Initiative calls the current regulatory timeline "an inadequate amount of time for eligible hospitals to follow an implementation and testing schedule. A rushed process could potentially affect patient care."

The organization, however, did not call for a delay in starting Stage 2. Rather, it asks federal officials to "address the issue of inconsistent timelines" for regulations and the start of Stage 2. "We respectfully request that a statement of guidance from ONC, in conjunction with CMS, is published expeditiously on this issue of coordination of the timelines."

The complete eHealth Initiative comment letter is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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