Dr. Halamka’s Dramatic MU Prediction In Boston

Mark Hagland | Healthcare Informatics | May 13, 2014

John Halamka, M.D. predicted on May 13 that 80 percent of U.S. hospitals would fail to attest to MU Stage 2 on time

John Halamka, M.D., the CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, has never shied away from speaking out on issues he has an interest in, nor from controversy. And in his keynote address at the Boston Health IT Summit, sponsored by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, or iHT2 (which since December 2013 has been in partnership with Healthcare Informatics through its parent company, the Vendome Group LLC), Dr. Halamka was blunt and straightforward in his comments on Tuesday morning, May 13.

Dr. Halamka spent the overwhelming portion of his time in his speech to the audience assembled at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Boston going through the 19 recommendations of the Health IT Policy Committee to federal officials regarding Stage 3 of the meaningful use program under the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act. Clearly, what the Health IT Policy Committee recommends is going to be tremendously influential, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) prepare to create and then release a proposed rule for MU Stage 3...