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Would Most Hospitals Fail to Meet Meaningful Use?

JMcDaniel - 08/31/2010

How far does the industry need to go to get to "Meaningful Use"? 


Fierce Health IT is reporting that, according to a new study from the American Hospital Association, only 2.1% of hospitals would currently meet the criteria for Stage 1 Meaningful Use in 2011 and 2012, thus failing to qualify for government incentives. Although there has been a 25% increase in the number of non-federal hospitals using EMRs in 2009 compared to 2008, 88% of such hospitals still would fail to meet all nine objectives for Meaningful Use. Larger hospitals are fairing better, with 7.5% of them having systems that meet all nine criteria. However, small and rural hospitals - where more than half of the country receives treatment - are in danger of falling further behind. The article ends with reason for optimism, however: 53% of all hospitals are likely to meet at least five of the objectives, with 21% only needing one or two more objectives to be in full compliance. How close is your organization to meeting Meaningful Use criteria? Are consultants helping you? As the deadline draws closer, do you envision hiring more consultants to ensure that you succeed?

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Created by Tyler in 9/3/2010 9:13:29 PM
My concern is that efforts to achieve meaningful use by such a near deadline will lead to hasty and failed EHR implementations as administrators demand compliance for the financial rewards.This sets IT professionals up to fail because lack of proper resources and an unrealistic timeline to achieve their goals. What costs more: losing out on meaningful use incentive money or deploying a failed medical record?

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