Chantal Worzala, PhD and director of policy at the American Hospital Association, expressed concern about safety in a statement issued by the AHA. "Hospitals are working earnestly towards the goal of care transformation that is supported by safe and effective information systems. The AHA and other organizations signing [the letter] understand that HHS has the same goal. However, we are seeing that as many as 40 percent of hospitals could be at risk of missing the 2014 certified EHR adoption and meaningful use requirements if they remain the same. We urge HHS to provide the flexibility needed to help these hospitals pass the finish line safely."
"Physicians need more training and education to learn how to best deploy and use the EHR systems they are purchasing," Hoven said. "We have to recognize that if you require EHRs to be all things to all people —regulators, payers, auditors, lawyers—then it diminishes its ability to perform the most critical function—helping physicians support their patients."