AHA criticized for Meaningful Use Stage 2 comments

The American Hospital Association has drawn criticism for neglecting to consider patients its 68-page comment letter sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposed rules, according to a recent iHealthBeat article. Two Healthcare IT Policy Committee members--National Partnership for Women & Families Vice President Christine Bechtel and Deven McGraw of the Center for Democracy & Technology--and patient advocate Regina Holliday blasted the AHA's commentary. "Once you begin to design systems without patient inclusion, it becomes habit to leave us out," Holliday wrote in a blog post. Article

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