he latest set of proposed government rules to push healthcare providers to roll out electronic health records (EHRs) requires that patients use the digital technology.
Health insurance specialist Robert Anthony detailed the nuances of Stage 2 rules during a webinar this week sponsored by the National eHealth Collaborative.
Last month, the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published to the Federal Register the second of three sets of guidelines that the healthcare community must follow in rolling out EHRs. Stage 2 proposed rules are currently undergoing a six-month comment period.
Anthony, who works for the CMS, said Stage 2 rules require healthcare providers to offer EHR access to more than half of their patients. Clinics and private practices must also prove at least 10% of their patients are actually accessing healthcare information on EHRs. That includes radiological imaging results, which can be accessed directly in an EHR or through a link in the EHR to the images.