Open Process Drives Changes to Meaningful Use Criteria

According to a recent article in Health Data Management:

“The final meaningful use rule has many changes and clarifications in its 864 pages, testimony to the degree to which federal officials listened to stakeholders following publication of the proposed rule”.

According to another article that I read last week (I don’t have a reference handy), there were on the order of 2,000 submissions offering feedback and making suggestions for changes.  As I have discussed in previous blog posts, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) worked hard to engage stakeholders and to make the process by which the proposed rule was discussed as transparent as possible.  It appears that this approach was successful but I’d be interested in hearing what others think.  What aspects of the ONC approach worked best?  Are there lessons learned for other jurisdictions?


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