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Providers fear meaningful use penalties, push to delay stage 2.

Physicians and other providers are burdened as they look ahead to stage 2 requirements. While some physicians have only been using EHRs for a few years, others have been using EHRs for more than a decade. These physicians have mastered the basics, such as data entry, of their EHRs. Still, many are not prepared to meet the stage 2 core objective that states providers should “use secure


electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information.” It would be one thing if the objective was written to tell providers to be able to use secure electronic messaging. However, the objective will be measured based on the volume of secure electronic messaging providers use to communicate with patients. So, doctors better get ready to send and receive a lot of electronic messages.