How Stage 2 Meaningful Use impacts EMR/EHR interoperability
Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) introduced a new set of interoperability challenges for physician practices; ambulatory care medical offices and electronic health record (EHR) software platform vendors. MU2 significantly expanded interoperability requirements, adding several new core measures such as ongoing submission of immunization data to the state immunization registries and Core Measure 15 that requires that 10 percent of patient referrals be sent electronically. This measure alone introduced both a new document type requirement (the C-CDA summary of care record) as well as a new data transmission requirement (the NwHIN Exchange). These requirements are not trivial and can come at a significant cost.
With these expanded MU2 interoperability requirements, EHR vendors have recognized the need to partner with interface engine technology companies. Qvera has partnered with several EHR vendors including HealthTronics, a provider of urology specific EHR systems. Following years of using homegrown and open-source interface engines, HealthTronics selected and standardized on the Qvera Interface Engine (QIE) as they required a highly scalable interface engine platform, capable of very large message volumes for their hosted environments. HealthTronics knew the MU2 interoperability requirements demanded more than what their existing tools could provide.