For the next stage of the program, Warner wrote, regulators should:
• Require providers to submit data electronically and allow the Medicare agency to conduct “aggressive oversight of the program”;
• Mandate “clear and robust” requirements that certified Health Information Technology be able to communicate and exchange data with different types of healthcare providers and systems, including health information exchanges; and
• Support electronic access by consumers, including the ability to download data in a useful format.
“Rather than lowering our standards,” Warner wrote, “we should collectively do more to make sure providers and hospitals can meet the bar.”