The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule on the Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Program Stage 3. Concurrently, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a proposed rule updating certification requirements for health IT (HIT) platforms that are used in federal programs like Meaningful Use. In a comment letter to CMS, IDSA continued to advocate for less stringent reporting requirements for eligible providers and for more flexibility in the adoption of healthcare information technology. The Society also stressed the importance of including incentives for providers to use Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to ensure that adults as well as children are receiving recommended vaccines and to adhere to state case-reporting protocol to detect possible outbreaks as early as possible. In a separate comment letter to ONC, IDSA applauded the addition of the Antibiotic Use and Resistance module capabilities, which will encourage healthcare facilities to report resistance and use data through the National Healthcare Safety Network. The Society also applauded the inclusion of required capabilities for bidirectional reporting to the IIS.
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