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Survey: Hospitals aren’t ready for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Despite an increased adoption of more advanced EHR systems, the majority of hospitals aren’t confident their organization will be ready to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements to receive federal EHR incentives.

Hospitals that are fully confidental in their organization’s chances to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements are in the minority, according to a recent KPMG Healthcare & Life Sciences Institute poll. Among the 140 hospital administrators surveyed, only 36% said they’re fully confident about their organization’s readiness to meet the requirements.

Things aren’t entirely bleak, though, as 47% said they’re somewhat confident that they’ll be ready. An additional 11% don’t know what to expect, and only 4% aren’t confident at all.

What might keep providers from meeting Stage 2 Meaningul Use requirements and qualifying for federal EHR incentive payments? The biggest obstacles cited by hospitals were:

  • Training needs and management challenges (29%)
  • Lack of a process to monitor and make sure meaningful use is maintained (19%)
  • Trouble changing clinical workflows to capture necessary data (19%)
  • Lack of a dedicated meaningful use team (12%)
  • Limited availability of vendors with certified technology (6%)

Hospitals are also putting a lot of resources into implementing and upgrading EHR systems. Among survey respondents, 30% said their organization hired additional staff to work on EHR deployments, and 22% got third party assistance.

Struggles with security

Hospitals may have a tough time meeting one Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirement in particular: the mandate that all electronic patient data be kept private and secure. When asked if their organization could comply with HIPAA:

  • 47% said they are somewhat comfortable
  • 31% said they are fully comfortable
  • 13% don’t know, and
  • 8% said they are not at all comfortable.

What about your organization? Are you confident it will meet the Meaningful Use requirements? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below.

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