Stage 2 Meaningful Use Rules: EHR Certification

Recently, the government announced its proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules and more specifically the requirements for Electronic Health Records certification.  As previously thought, these requirements are very similar the recommendations made previously by the Health IT Policy Committee.  Designed to emphasize greater transferability and access among health networks, the proposed requirements include:

  • Direct protocol must be used for secure clinical communications
  • Standard clinical terminologies such as SNOMED and LOINC must be incorporated by software and information technology vendors
  • New vendor requirements for usability and flexibility, especially for physicians who require “scope of practice” to be in compliance with the Meaningful Use regulations
  • The criteria to be a certified HER will be made more flexible so that primary care physicians and specialists alike can choose the requirements they need to meet for Meaningful use
  • In addition to meeting basic requirements, such as computerized order entry and patient demographics, EHR modules can be certified if they are able to help providers meet their c ore Meaningful Use requirements.

These Stage 2 certification rules simply build off of the Stage 1 rules and are a natural progression along those lines.  With that in mind, the new certification for Electronic Health Records proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are designed to help medical information become more efficiently stored and accessed by various provider networks.  Once these proposals are made permanent after the mandatory sixty day comment period, providers will have until October 1, 2014 to meet the new requirements.

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By Kevin Hunter