The undersigned organizations and members of the Health IT Now Coalition are pleased to respond to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology published in the Federal Register on March 7.
Health IT Now (HITN, www.healthitnow.org) is a group of 65 organizations that came together to promote adoption and use of health IT to lower costs and to improve quality, safety and outcomes. Our membership is diverse and includes health care providers, patient advocates and consumers, employers and payers, and others who share our views. Other organizations have joined our comment letter to highlight the importance of this issue.
We commend ONC for taking steps in the NPRM to facilitate interoperability and information exchange, but believe the standards for the Meaningful Use program can and should be strengthened. The program holds great potential to enhance and make more attractive the tools providers need to dramatically improve quality and outcomes, while reducing overall costs.