As healthcare policy leaders wade into the thicket of issues confronting CIOs, one thing is clear: each issue has its own set of competing challenges, and there are no simple solutions. Healthcare Informatics Associate Editor Gabriel Perna recently spoke with seven industry insiders and leaders to attempt to unfurl the challenges that surround each regulatory issue and looked to answer that pervasive question: which one should come first?

If you put the industry’s best-known thought leaders in the same room, they might not agree on much.

They might differ on whether or not the attestation timeline should be extended or even be delayed for Stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. They might differ on whether the transition to the ICD-10 code-set can be done by October 2014. They might even differ on the color of the wall.

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Source: Crowded Plates: For CIOs, Policy Mandates are Piling Up