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Health IT Policy Committee’s EHR Recommendations

Yesterday, the federal Health Technology Policy Committee met to proposed regulations on electronic health records (EHRs) by the Health and Human Services Department. The committee is in place to advise the Health and Human Services Department.  The Health and Human Services Department published the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on January 13th.

In particular, the committee recommended more flexibility in “meaningful use” guidelines for EHRs.  The guidelines must be met in order for primary care providers and hospitals to receive federal funds for EHR adoption.

Yesterday’s committee session delivered suggestions to address errors reported via the FDA’s voluntary reporting system, leading to at least twenty injuries.  The committee hinted that it may drop as many as 6 meaningful use measures for next year, but not in areas such as privacy and security, and may impose new regulations on EHR manufacturers to increase safety, privacy and reliability.

The committee’s recommendations will be delivered to the Health and Human Services Department on the March 1st, 2010.

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