I just got a very eye-opening email from Frank Poggio, our go-to MU guy at The Kelzon Group, on the new draft for Stage 2 criteria.
I’ll just share one of the “Zingers” as Frank puts it…
“Most of Stage 2 are increases in percent utilization by providers, such as; use of electronic prescribing for more than 50% of prescriptions issued, vital signs in more than 80% of patient encounters, and recording smoking status for more than 80% (currently 50%).”
But here’s where it gets interesting:
“Stage 2 would require that more than 50% of patients be provided online access to their health information and demonstrate that more than 10% had actually accessed that information.”
That means that if you do not already have a Patient Portal, you better get one, and soon! While this might not be a terribly complex technical issue – you just need the software – the real complexity is in the time and effort it takes to get to the 50% use, and 10% PROOF of use!
In my doctor’s office, they are adamant about having you use their portal to make appointments and send repeated emails reminding me to do so. I know it’s actually easier to do things online, but it takes time to get around to doing this, and if I have an urgent issue, forget the web site – I’m calling!
So, your patients will need extra time and education to deal with this change. The sooner you implement your Patient Portal, the better.
If you have PrognoCIS EMR, it’s easy. Contact your sales rep, or call us at (800) 747-9099. And remember to allow time for any customization you might want!