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HIMSS: Software Bugs, Shifting Alliances Unsettling for Healthcare CIOs

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2014

In its lengthy announcement, an additional 16 organizations have also expressed support for the Carequality vision and mission: AEGIS.net, Alaska eHealth, Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC), etHIN, GE Healthcare, Guthrie Health, Healthbridge, HEALTHeLINK, Marshfield Clinic, Medical University of South Carolina, MEDITECH, Michigan Health Information Network, National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), OCHIN, Premier Family Physicians and RSNA.

I also spent time last week with Jacob Reider, MD, chief medical officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Here too, the choices facing healthcare vendors and customers alike seem to be proliferating. A new 2015 Edition Proposed Rule, published in last Wednesday's Federal Register, is sowing its own seeds of confusion.

The 2015 Proposed Rule serves a lot of different purposes, but practically speaking, it has no impact on providers' efforts to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation this year. It has some important objectives, nonetheless, including bringing long-term post-acute care providers into voluntary compliance with the Meaningful Use standards, although with no incentive money to accompany it.

ONC 'Not Working On' National Patient ID
One big takeaway from my conversation last week with Dr. Reider was to understand the limits of both Meaningful Use software certification, and ONC's recent effort to help providers in the tricky area of patient identity.

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