Guerra On Healthcare: EMR Standards Committee Struggles

Posted on February 26th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

Instead of recommending small adjustment to the Standards and Certification Interim Final Rule (IFR), the 10th meeting of the federal HIT Standards Committee was consumed by a fundamental, philosophical debate of just how specific the group should be in its regulations, and the nature of the regulatory process itself…

 

"We must be careful about having a family of under-specified issues or guides. If we do that, we will not achieve the kinds of goals many of us hope this once-in-a-generation opportunity can afford," said Christopher Chute, M.D., Chair, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. "We will not see sharable information improve care and reduce cost, absent clarity and specificity that can produce real interoperability."

 

InformationWeek, by Anthony Guerra, 2/25/2010

Tags: Dr. Christopher Chute, EMR, Health IT

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