The pace of progress in developing interoperability between medical devices and data destinations is influenced as much by well-articulated demand as by technical capabilityand its up to CMIOs and other beneficiaries of such interoperability to push the issue, said Julian M. Goldman, MD, medical director of the biomedical engineering program at Partners HealthCare System in Boston.
The ramp-up in proportions of information functions done electronically could make elusive targets even further out of range for many specialty practices, leaving them unable to tap the HITECH Act incentives in Stage 2 and position themselves for the baseline computer capacity to participate in the care coordination that will be an essential part of performance-based payment models, said Thomas C. Barber, MD, chair of a group within the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that advocates for the adoption of EMRs by its membership.
Health IT leaders discuss what could and should appear in the new and future meaningful use regulations. Despite the delay of implementation of stage 2, various thought leaders suggest that the choice is pain now or pain later.
As preparations get under way for the breadth and quantity of electronic information in Stage 2 meaningful use, distinctly different challenges for HITECH Acts Stage 3 will require a provider focus on quality, quality and quality.