Meaningful use: ready and willing, but not sure how able

The good news? Hospitals are halfway to EHR system adoption. The bad news? Lack of confidence in the ability to get to Stage 2.

A recent survey conducted by audit, tax and advisory firm, KPMG, reveals that a majority of administrators at hospitals and health systems identify their organizations as being well along in completing electronic health record (EHR) system adoption. However, many of them are expressing doubt about their ability to meet the new EHR standards.

The good news is that a recent survey found that the majority (71 percent) of the hospital and health system business leaders said they are more than 50 percent of the way to completing EHR system adoption. The bad news is, essentially, their own lack of confidence about being able to meet Stage 2 requirements.

See also: Stage 2 meaningful use has some advantages for patients

Understanding the Stage 1 requirements has been a big hurdle in and of itself. Then, there's making sure there's a real ability to actually demonstrate meaningful use. Training staff, incorporating this kind of change into the healthcare workplace so that it fits naturally into the clinical workflow, having the dedicated personnel to manage the process, and acquiring the proper technology are among the many other hurdles.

But the map keeps moving! That's the worst part.

Now everybody has to get ready for Stage 2. The old processes have to change in order to fit the new tools that will be in use, and the ship has to be tight and sail smoothly enough to go with the flow as further stages of meaningful use are incorporated into the mix. That's a pretty tall order for some of these leviathan organizations that are used to time-honored but no-longer-viable ways of doing things.

If you'd like to learn more, check out KPMG's webcast entitled Demonstrating Meaningful Use of EHRs: The top 10 compliance challenges for Stage 1 and what's new with 2.

If you'd prefer more reading to a webcast, visit The KPMG Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Institute for insights into emerging issues and healthcare business trends.

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