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ONC to fine tune technical guides for standards in Stage 2

April 21, 2011

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT intends to fine tune standards involved in realizing stage 2 meaningful use recommendations and fill in where missing details exist during the next four months. ONC plans to "refresh and reload" adopted certification criteria and new or updated technical descriptions to guide vendors to establish standards, said Doug Fridsma, MD, ONC director of standards and interoperability. He described it as ONC's health IT "summer camp." The goal is to make it easier for vendors to effectively encode standard functions in electronic health records (EHRs) so healthcare providers can apply the standards to meet measures in meaningful use stage 2, he said at the Health IT Standards Committee meeting April 20.

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