Beyond the Stage 1 Criteria for Meaningful Use
The policy goals of meaningful use will be most fully realized by building on findings from Stage 1 and by making full use of the greater proliferation of certified EHR technology and supporting HIT infrastructure that will take place under Stage 1. CMS intends to propose through future rulemaking two additional stages of the criteria for meaningful use.
Stage 2 would expand upon the Stage 1 criteria in the areas of disease management, clinical decision support, medication management, support for patient access to their health information, transitions in care, quality measurement and research, and bi-directional communication with public health agencies. CMS may consider applying the criteria more broadly to both the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings.
Consistent with other provisions of Medicare and Medicaid, Stage 3 would focus on achieving improvements in quality, safety and efficiency, focusing on decision support for national high priority conditions, patient access to self management tools, access to comprehensive patient data, and improving population health outcomes.
Additional information can be found at www.cms.hhs.gov/Recovery.
CMS provides a 60-day comment period on the proposed rule. The proposed rule may be viewed at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Recovery/11_HealthIT.asp.
Notice "support for patient access to their health information" happens in stage 2 of the meaningful use criteria.
Good news, it's included in some capacity...and this gives all of us consumer-centric co's time to build.
Bad news, the NHIN will march onward focused on stage 1, which means we'll be scrambling for simplification when it comes time to integrate patient capabilities to access data.
Buckle your seatbelts boys and girls - it's gonna be a loooong trip to 2013....