MEANINGFUL USE STAGE 2: EVOLVING HEALTHCARE PRACTICE AND SYSTEMS FOR BETTER CLINICAL DECISIONS
Posted by CitiusTech Meaningful Use Team on May 20, 2012
Meaningful Use Stage 1 was more about implementing systems and processes capturing and reporting clinical data in electronic format. However, the recent measures proposed by CMS for Stage 2 seem to a more evolutionary objective.
As part of Stage 2 reforms, hospitals and physicians are expected to evolve practices and systems, that were set up for Stage 1 compliance, to meet three primary objectives:
Improve quality of healthcare services at point-of care
Exchange information among various healthcare stakeholders in a structured format
Expand the scope of healthcare IT measures to cover the full array of clinical requirements
From the course that Meaningful Use reporting norms have taken to date, we also get a sense of the probable "roadmap” for Stage 3 reforms, when those arrive.