If you are barely getting your mind around Stage 1 meaningful use criteria, you’ll need to sit down for Stage 2! There are many additional changes, but from the detailed article in emrandehr.com, these two changes in particular stand out as a “heads up” for planning ahead:
- True interoperability is required—Stage 2 no longer asks providers to test their ability to exchange clinical data, but rather requires them to successfully exchange information on an ongoing basis across organizational and EHR vendor boundaries.
- Providers will be accountable, to some degree, for actions by patients. For example, it will no longer be sufficient to make clinical information available to patients online—in Stage 2, a percentage of patients will have to actually access this information.