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PatientKeeper CEO Paul Brient comments on the major healthcare IT news story of 2011 in HIStalk

December 2011

One of the biggest HIT-related news stories in 2011 was the extension in the effective date of Stage 2 Meaningful Use. At some levels, this was a non-event. ONC’s decision to push back the Stage 2 start date for Stage 1 “early attesters” by a year (to Oct. 1, 2013) corrected a flaw in the original plan that effectively penalized hospitals for being on the ball and attesting for Stage 1 early. Yet the move created a fair amount of confusion in the market and headlines in industry media, and paused some Meaningful Use activity.

That is largely behind us now. The Stage 2 proposed rule will be published in the next month or so, and many hospitals are beginning to focus on the challenge of getting widespread physician adoption of CPOE and documentation software that will be required by Stage 2 and 3 objectives.

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