"HIMSS applauds the Department of Health and Human Services for its diligence in writing this rule, particularly in light of the comments and recommendations made by our organization and other stakeholders. We believe the new criteria supports improved patient care and patient engagement while remaining feasible for providers to achieve. We especially applaud the Department‘s attention to flexibility for providers, and the foresight to delay the onset of Stage 2. This delay allows adequate time for vendors to develop robust certified EHR technologies in order to support providers in becoming meaningful users. HIMSS supports the steady pace in moving between Stages 1 and 2, and again applauds the Department for establishing the special 3-month reporting period in year 2014, while new technologies are being developed and implemented."