Comment on FR Doc # 2012-04430

This is a Comment on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Proposed Rule: Health Information Technology; Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria: Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition

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Allscripts welcomed the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) relative to Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT), 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology (HIT), and we appreciate the extensive and thoughtful effort that clearly went into crafting it. We also appreciate ONC’s retrospective assessment of existing regulations and thorough review of stakeholder and public comments on the impact of the July 2010 Final Rule for Stage 1 during the development of this proposed rule, as we believe that this will promote the continued adoption and meaningful use of interoperable Health IT and CEHRT moving forward. We are generally supportive of the approach taken by ONC in raising the bar in several key areas related to the capabilities and standards required for CEHRT that will assist healthcare providers in demonstrating Stage 2 meaningful use of CEHRT, and more importantly, those that can have a direct impact on the care provided to our country’s patients. Additionally, we very much approve of the efforts made to continue progress in the area of interoperability and data exchange, and we encourage ONC to push forward.

However, there are other areas that we think can be improved, based, in part, on feedback from our client base of approximately one-third of all of the physicians in America. We therefore respectfully recommend some important changes – amendments that are critical to the program’s ability to deliver improved healthcare for all Americans while preventing unintended consequences which could put patients at risk – to accelerate physician utilization and to ensure that taxpayers are getting value for their considerable investment in the HITECH legislation.

Please see the attached file for our detailed comments.



Allscripts Comments - ONC Stage 2 NPRM FINAL

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Comment Period Closed
May 7 2012, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: HHS-OS-2012-0004-0381
Tracking Number: 810075ae

Document Information

Date Posted: May 7, 2012
RIN: 0991-AB82
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Submitter Information

Submitter Name: Leigh Burchell
Organization Name: Allscripts