With 2013 quickly coming to an end, EHR vendors only have 4 ½ months left to implement the measures required for Meaningful Use Stage 2. In a recent article, EHR Intelligence reports on the issues of the approaching Stage 2 deadline, as expressed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in a letter to CMS.
The letter states that “2014 brings a perfect storm of regulatory compliance issues for family physicians” not using a Stage 2 certified EHR system, and suggests that CMS “extend the timeframe for compliance with MU Stage 2 requirements by 12 months.”
But is the current state of the 2014 Certified EHR really that bad?
A quick search of the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL), hosted by the ONC, reveals that the AAFP does in fact have cause for concern. With less than 5 months left of the year, the number of ambulatory EHR vendors certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2 is at a staggeringly low total of 21. The corresponding amount of certified vendors for the 2011 edition is 1720 – which essentially suggests that around 1700 products require 2014 certification in a very limited timeframe.
As one of the first five pure ambulatory EHRs to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2, HealthFusion’s MediTouch EHR software continues to be one of the 21 certified systems. This means that MediTouch already has all of the functionality that Eligible Professionals (EPs) require for 2014, and affirms HealthFusion’s position as an industry leader in modern EHR software standards and workflows.
At HealthFusion, we realize that 2014 Meaningful Use is complicated, and recognize that the companies already certified have demonstrated a deep understanding of Meaningful Use. As a MediTouch user, you never have to worry about the approaching Meaningful Use EHR deadlines – we are committed to helping your practice become successful from day one.