On Wednesday, February 19th, the Health IT Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use Workgroup voted to eliminate certain measures from consideration as potential Stage 3 requirements. The measures eliminated were:
- Electronic medication administration record (eMAR)
- Case Report Objectives
- Medication Adherence
- Family History
- Hospital Electronic Reporting to Labs
- Syndromic Surveillance
One group significantly impacted by these changes is the public health community. Several of the removed objectives are public health objectives, including certification requirements for case reporting, syndromic surveillance and electronic lab reporting. Reasons cited for these removals were a lack of mature standards and general readiness on the part of public health entities—including the ability to protect private health information, which public health entities dispute.
The immediate reaction among many in the public health community is surprise and concern. Public health entities, though strapped for capital resources, are very invested in the Meaningful Use program and have relied on the program’s objectives to help public health keep pace with the rest of the healthcare industry during this time of change.
Some public health associations plan to respond to this change, requesting that some inaccurate statements made at the hearing be corrected, and that the objectives be reinstated.
For more information on the proposed Stage 3 requirements made on February 4 to the Health IT Policy Committee, click here to view the presentation and materials.
The full Health IT Policy Committee is scheduled to vote on the Meaningful Use Workgroup recommendations at its next meeting on March 11, 2014.