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ONC releases draft Meaningful Use Stage 3 recommendations

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Eligible doctors, healthcare professionals and hospitals could receive financial incentives if they meaningfully use certified electronic health record technology in a more patient- and family-centered way, according to draft recommendations published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

"The stage 3 vision includes a collaborative model of care with shared responsibility and accountability, building upon the previous MU objectives," says the draft Meaningful Use Stage 3 recommendations (.pdf). The draft was released for comment during a Nov. 7 health information technology policy meeting in Washington, D.C.

Among the recommendations listed in the document: having a licensed healthcare professional use computerized entry for referrals and transition of care orders to create the first record of the order, and using EHR systems that allow practitioners to code medication allergies and link to related drug family and code-related reactions.

The draft document also recommends allowing patients to submit patient-generated information and request revisions to their records online, and requiring EHR technology to query external records databases.  

Additional methods for meeting Stage 3 Meaningful Use recommendations could still be considered, but ONC says it will hold objectives to specific review criteria. To be considered for Stage 3, objectives must support new models of care, address national health priorities, promote advancement, be achievable and widely adopted by 2016, and be reasonable from a products and organizational perspective.

The draft will be open for public comment for 45 days after the recommendations are published in the Federal Register later this month.

The committee said that it will analyze the comments and hold further public meetings about Stage 3 in 2013 before formal rules are issued.

For more:
- download the draft document, "HITPC Stage 3 Request for Comment," (.pdf)
- go to the meeting page (includes agenda, meeting materials and audio)

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