Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sen. Warner Calls for Tougher Standards for Electronic Medical Records

Pecquet, Julian. "Sen. Warner Calls for Tougher Standards for Electronic Medical Records." The Hill, February 22, 2012.

From the article: "Congresss gambit to create a national system of electronic health records is at risk of failure or mediocrity” if federal regulators continue to water down the standards that doctors and hospitals must meet, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) wrote in a letter to federal health officials.

Lawmakers have set aside $27 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentives for medical providers to switch to paperless records, and 780 products have already been certified under the first stage of the program created by the 2009 stimulus bill. 

Warner said the process so far has been too limited. For example, regulators dont publish performance data for certified vendors, and failing to deliver medical data to a public health agency is still acceptable."  Read more

See Also
Warner, Mark R. Senator Mark R. Warner to Acting Administrator Tavenner and Coordinator Mostashari, February 21, 2012. Letter regarding standards for electronic health records. From the United States Senate, Washington, DC.