Survey: We’re Not Ready for Meaningful Use

A recent survey of top-level executives for 168 provider organizations, mostly hospitals, shows only one-third of respondents expect to meet the first deadline for receiving Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), Health Data reports.

Nearly half of the respondents told Aloft Group, which conducted the survey for Beacon Partners, they expect the deadlines to be extended. Sixty-eight percent say the most common hurdle to adoption is a lack of internal resources while 45 percent don’t have the resources or are not sure if they have them. Two-thirds of the respondents expect to hire or outsource staff to compensate for the resource shortage.

Twenty percent of the executives say their EHR isn’t Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) compliant and will need upgrading. A larger percentage of respondents said they didn’t know if their EHRs are CCHIT compliant.

To read the study, go to the Beacon Partner’s survey.


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