"Our members, and the vendors they work with, report growing concerns that the rapidly approaching start date for Stage 2 is on a trajectory that will not provide enough time or adequate flexibility for a safe and orderly transition unless certain changes are made," the letter states.
"As of July 17, the official federal list of certified vendor products shows only nine complete 2014 Edition certified EHRs for the inpatient setting, produced by only six vendors. By comparison, the list shows 313 complete 2011 Edition certified inpatient EHRs. On the ambulatory side, only 11 complete 2014 Edition certified EHRs are listed, while about 1,300 were certified for 2011."
Umbdenstock and Madara said they've also heard from members that vendors are delaying the delivery of systems updates and that providers who have not installed EHRs will be at the end of the line and won't get delivery for as long as 18 months.
"Of course, receiving an upgrade is only the first step in making the transition to the 2014 Edition and meeting the Meaningful Use requirements. It is reasonable to expect that a provider will need up to a year after receiving a technology upgrade to make all of the necessary changes to meet the program requirements," the letter states.