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Meaningful Use Workgroup-Specialist Subgroup Changes Course; HIT Standards Committee to Discuss Imaging

On November 28, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) HIT Policy Committee/Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup/Specialist Subgroup held another conference call to discuss MU and specialized medicine.  This time, the discussions were led by the co-chairs of the full MU Workgroup, Drs. Paul Tang and George Hripcsak, instead of Dr. Michael Barr, who led the Specialist Subgroup’s promising discussions in October.

It was apparent from the change in leadership and messaging that the MU Workgroup leaders wanted the Specialist Subgroup discussions to move in a different direction.  They decided that some specialties’ MU compliance concerns were essentially incorrect (they picked on Geriatrics in particular), and that the proper course of action would be for ONC staff to annotate/address those concerns.  This discussion was a disappointment to physician organizations who were hoping that the Specialist Subgroup would bring about proactive engagement of physician organizations and more robust HIT Policy Committee recommendations to increase the relevance of the program to specialists and their patients.

The Specialist Subgroup also learned from ONC staff that the HIT Standards Committee is going to explore imaging standards in late 2011 and early 2012.  The ACR is working to ensure that ONC staff and HIT Standards Committee members are informed by the imaging informatics community when they examine this topic.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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