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Specialist Subgroup Presents to Full Meaningful Use Workgroup

On November 1, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee-Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup held a teleconference to discuss several topics, including the initial thoughts of the Specialist Subgroup members. If you recall, the Specialist Subgroup was formed by the MU Workgroup on October 6 and held its first teleconference on October 18.

Once again, the specialties of radiology and pathology were used by the Specialist Subgroup as proxies for all medical specialties. This is for several reasons:

  • The importance of the data generated within those specialties to all other providers.
  • If solutions are found for the more “unique” specialties, other specialties can be addressed in kind.
  • Radiology and pathology have widespread adoption of specialty HIT products (RIS/PACS and LIS, respectively) that are not viewed as typical EMR/EHR products.
  • These specialties have been among the most vocal.

Following the discussion, the Specialist Subgroup was charged with reviewing submissions from AMA and specialty societies and exploring ways to better engage specialty societies in the recommendation development process.

It is now very late in the rulemaking process and the results of the Specialist Subgroup activity are unlikely to be reflected in the future proposed rules for Stage 2, which will  be published in or around early 2012. However, any progress from the ONC’s advisory committees will be useful for informing the future ONC and CMS Stage 2 final rules and the initial discussions for Stage 3.

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