ONC Requests Comments on Stage 3 Definition of Meaningful Use
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is now officially accepting comments on its draft stage 3 definition of meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). The request for comments notice was published in the Monday, November 26, issue of the Federal Register. Comments are only being accepted electronically at regulations.gov and all comments must be in by midnight Eastern time on January 14, 2013. Stage 3 makes meaningful use regulations increasingly relevant for radiology because it moves beyond simply adoption of an EHR system and into fields such as clinical decision support (CDS), computerized provider order entry systems, and sharing of patient data through health information exchanges. These features are considered key to curbing duplicate or inappropriate use of medical testing and procedures. The draft posted in November included goals such as doubling the requirement for computerized provider order entry (CPOE) use from 30% of radiology orders to 60% of such orders, and increasing the number of implemented CDS interventions or guidance from five to 15. View a PDF of the draft regulation here.