Stage Two Meaningful Use Requirements: CIO’s Viewpoint

We all know change starts with a vision, to get something done however, the actual moving of a mountain, is done one rock at a time.

Top 3 Rocks of Concern for CIOs:

  1. 365-day Stage 2 Meaningful Use reporting period
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Positive patient identification

Charles Christian, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO, and 2015 Board of Trustees Chair for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) a role that runs in addition to his responsibilities as Vice President and CIO of St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Ga. states, “While positive patient identification and cybersecurity figure among his top-three health IT challenges in 2015, they trail meeting the 365-day Stage 2 Meaningful Use reporting requirements for the next phase of the EHR Incentive Programs.”

Christian goes on to say, “One of the primary things is that all eligible hospitals started a 365 day reporting cycle for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Year 2 on October 1. Of all the conversations that I’ve had, very few people are ready. If CMS hadnt provided the flexibility options when they did, I believe we would have seen that the number of providers that attested would have been extremely small.

“That’s going to be one of the biggest hurdles for everybody to jump over — even for our physician practices. We have quite a few at St. Francis. The grand majority is going to have to utilize some of the flexibility options in order to be able to attest this year for the fourth quarter. If we hadn’t had that, most of them would have failed. There would have been very few who would have been able to make that.”

He goes on to share his concerns about and work with positive patient identification sharing his experience working with the Indiana Health Information Exchange for years prior the meaningful use act was assigned. “One of the things we started with was how to positively identify patients, because we were not allowed to consider the national patient identifier, which was actually part of the original HIPAA rules way back in the 1990s. We struggle even in our own health system to positively identify patients, so to share information on a much broader scale…I do have some concerns that will create opportunities for error because errors of omission are just as likely as errors of commission”.

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