Halamka echoes the hope that many other CIOs at HIMSS expressed: that the Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will give significant consideration to a letter sent by many organizations to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius earlier this week asking for relief from pending meaningful use deadlines.
In another exclusive interview with HealthLeaders Media, ONC Chief Medical Officer Jacob Reider acknowledged that Intermountain had been warning the agency for some time that it would miss the 2014 attestation deadline, and that other large healthcare systems were in similar straits.
"A number of organizations have expressed to ONC and CMS their concern about the trajectory of the program," Reider says.
"What's the next step of the value stream?" Reider says. "It's implementing certified product, and I think that's where you're hearing from…many [leaders] that in order to incorporate all of the workflow changes and the use of new functionality that's in new certified product, this isn't a flip-the-switch, especially for a large care delivery organization."
"When we talk to vendors of products that serve small markets, and we talk to the users of those products in small markets, they're not as concerned. They're concerned, but they're also not quite as sophisticated as an organization like Intermountain," Reider adds.