CHIME calls for ‘laser-like focus’ on interoperability and an appropriate timeline to implement Stage 2
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) today urged the federal government to give healthcare providers more time to adjust to recent changes to the Meaningful Use program before mandating new and burdensome Stage 3 requirements. Extending the timeframe for Stage 3 no sooner than 2019 would allow all stakeholders — policymakers, providers and vendors — to fully implement modifications made in October to Stage 2, and to focus energies on the critical issue of interoperability.
“CHIME members are committed to the goals of the Meaningful Use program,” said CHIME Board of Trustees Chair Charles E. Christian, CHCIO, LCHIME, FCHIME. “We have made significant progress in implementing information technology systems to improve patient care and reduce costs. However, we do not believe that the course laid out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Stage 3 will help us achieve some important goals, including better alignment of quality improvement efforts and widespread health information exchange. We need to let providers and vendors continue down the adoption curve and perfect systems that many are still putting in place.”