Federal committee aims to define stage two requirements

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology called for public comments on proposed measures for meaningful use stage two and three last December. As a result of those talks, The Meaningful Use Workgroup of the policy committee recently came together to discuss which proposals will make the final cut, Government Health IT reports.

Officials told the news source that comments were divided between vendors and providers who urged a delay in stage two implementation. Meanwhile, consumers, purchasers, health plans and health information technology (HIT) advocates pressed for the current deadline, which is set for 2012.

“Our natural predilection would be to push things forward and see the country make progress in this area.Neil Calman, workgroup member, told the media outlet. “I am interested in what pieces of the ‘slow down’ we need to pay attention to,”

Officials are proposing under the meaningful use stage two plan to make providers collect data for only three months, rather than a year, which would give them more time to prepare for the next stage. Hospitals and other medical centers may need the expertise of individuals who have obtained an HIT degree.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 207,600 individuals will be employed in the medical records and health information technician field by 2018.