Report: Despite High Hospital Adoption Rates, Meaningful Use Requirements Seen as Challenge

Many hospital and health system administrators are expressing doubt about their ability to meet new EHR standards, according to survey results published by KPMG, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm.

The majority, 71 percent, of healthcare business leaders who participated in the survey said they were more than 50 percent of the way to completing EHR system adoption. Forty-eight percent of the leaders said they were confident in their organization's readiness for meeting Stage 1 meaningful use requirements. However, 39 percent said they were only somewhat confident and 10 percent did not know their readiness level at all.

When asked what the biggest challenges for meeting Stage 1 meaningful use were, the business leaders cited the following:

•    Twenty-five percent of respondents said understanding the requirements in demonstrating meaningful use;
•    Twenty percent said training and change-management efforts;
•    Eighteen percent said capturing relevant data electronically;
•    Twelve percent said the lack of a dedicated meaningful use team;
•    Six percent said the absence of appropriate certified technology.  

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