In Larry Wolf’s mind, the 2013 date for implementing Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use criteria is too tight. Unless actions are taken in the next six months to specify the criteria, he fears providers and vendors will not have the lead time to achieve Stage 2 until 2014.

Wolf, health I.T. strategist at Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare, and serving on the HIT Policy Committee as a designee of Kindred CIO Richard Chapman, broached the idea during December’s committee meeting. Following the meeting, David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, told Wolf that the government’s plan remains 2013.

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