Only one out of ten hospitals surveyed is ready for electronic records prime time

Only one out of ten hospitals surveyed is ready for electronic records prime time

Summary: According to a recent HIMSS report, only one out of ten hospitals is ready to meet the core measures for Stage 1 compliance with meaningful use.

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We've been hearing a lot about the stimulus funds available as incentives for coming up to speed with meaningful use of EHR (Electronic Health Records). Indeed, not only are funds available for early adoption, penalties for not adopting will kick in after 2015.

According to an analytics report by HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems), only one out of ten hospitals actually meets the core measures as they've been set out.

The good news is, this ten percent is actually an increase in hospitals expected to be able to meet the Stage 1 criteria. The bad news is that a Stage 1 level of meaningful use compliance isn't likely to make much of a positive difference in health outcomes.

See also: Electronic prescription: meaningful use not meaningful enough?

However, progress is progress. As a nurse and patient advocate, I feel it's important not to loose sight of the reason we're doing all this: better patient experience and outcomes.

Whatever efforts it takes to eventually get us to a place in tech where patients actually feel the increased convenience -- and have full access to their own medical information with the same speed and reliability as the organizations responsible for deciding whether their care will be paid for or denied -- should be supported.

Another bit of good news is that about half of the hospitals surveyed have conducted some sort of security risk analysis, which is really important when it comes to safeguarding patient data. In our modern era of high-tech hijinks, identity protection has become yet another aspect of wellness that needs to be considered and provided for by our health care practitioners.

What do you think of these survey results? Share in the TalkBacks below.

Topics: IT Employment, CXO, Health, Legal

About

Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.


Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • health

    I know how he feels if I lose my job my insurance is gone too. But people should know about "Penny Health" and also if you dont have means of paying for treatment the hospital will file the form and get reimbursed by medicaid.
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  • RE: Only one out of ten hospitals surveyed is ready for electronic records prime time

    As both an employee and a patient for a major medical company who is leading the field in electronic health care records, I can tell you this is really a huge benefit to both patient and provider. I go to a doctor's appointment and before I can drive home, I have an email with a synopsis of the visit, any lab results, and outstanding orders or prescriptions needed. It has taken a little time to get old-school doctors up to speed, but that's not a big pain point. The statistical analysis that can now be easily done is an absolutely amazing benefit that zeros right in on what treatments tend to have the best outcomes for a group of patients. Priceless stuff.
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  • too many tech wolves

    I think one big reason contributing to this lack of adoption is that there are too many tech companies hoping to strike it rich selling whatever awful systems they can cobble together for hospitals, who are scrabbling to find solutions to meet the electronic record compliance. Hospitals have no way of telling if these systems will do what they need and do it well for the price quoted.. and many are being taken advantage of.
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  • Address GIGO before overbuying

    Both my wife and I have used a major hospital in this city for years and are continually amazed that their IT systems are so full of garbage. Every time we go they pull up 15 year old data for "employers". They finally managed to get out health insurance changed to Medicare, but that appears to be an effort.

    After my wife's last stay we requested a copy of her electronic medical records. There was so much incorrect information in that record (and it was so incorrect) that it could only have been another patients entries made while my wife's file was open.

    If you cannot work out problems as simple as entering information in the wrong record you are facing an uphill battle that can cause damage to the patient. But the trial lawyers will have a wonderful time.
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