Confidence in Meaningful Use Compliance is Dropping

Having spent time with numerous hospital executive teams over the past 6 months, it is no surprise to hear that confidence in “Meaningful Use” readiness is not what most people assumed. This article from Fiece Healthcare is worth reading for any of you with a stake in MU.

‘Meaningful Use’ readiness drops among hospital CIOs

Hospital CIOs are rapidly losing confidence in their organization’s ability to qualify early for federal subsidies for “meaningful use” of EMRs, according to an updated survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

In a November survey, results of which were released last week, just 15 percent of the 191 CHIME members queried said they expected to qualify for the Medicare and Medicaid bonus payments in the first half of federal fiscal year 2011, which began Oct. 1. That is down nearly half from the 28 percent who expressed confidence in their ability to meet the standards early in a similar survey conducted in August.

“One potential reason for the drop in confidence may be due to the fact that CIOs are getting a clear view of the horizon, as many of their questions are being answered by federal agencies,” Chuck Christian, director of information systems and CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind., says in a CHIME press release. “Many of the clarifications are adding to the complexity of the task at hand.”

While just 10 percent of CIOs don’t believe their organizations will achieve meaningful use until Stage 2 of the program–fiscal years 2013-14, the same as in the August poll–concerns even among the most confident respondents have shifted. While more named EMR certification as their top concern three months earlier, this time a plurality of 29 percent view CPOE as the most problematic area of meaningful use. Some 22 percent said capturing and/or submitting quality data was their No. 1 concern, while 13 percent were most worried about vendor readiness.

More than six in 10 respondents expect to have some difficulty with CPOE requirements, particularly when it comes to convincing clinicians to enter enough orders electronically for the entire hospital to qualify for federal stimulus money.

“To really engage physicians, one must provide evidence that clearly shows the advantages of CPOE,” explains David Muntz, senior VP and CIO of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. “Our experience has shown that once a physician begins using the technology, they will influence others. It is imperative that physician workflows are improved by the introduction of not only CPOE, but clinical documentation, and all other aspects of EHRs.”
A link to the CHIME reoprt is located below the article:  ‘Meaningful use’ readiness drops among hospital CIOs – FierceHealthIT


2 comments on “Confidence in Meaningful Use Compliance is Dropping

  1. Lena says:

    Unfortunately companies have no one to blame but theesmlves. Attitudes and tactics that some companies have used on their employees during the last few years do nothing to garner an employee’s loyalty. HR, who should have been helping with this, has certainly not in many cases.I do not blame ANY worker from jumping ship to go on to the next great opportunity.Many tech workers in Silicon Valley quite literally view some company environments as a dog eat dog then stick dog in the back with a knife and turn knife type of environments. But then, its only business right?Some tech workers are turning to trying to create their own companies and create the environments that are based on what many crave an energized environment based on mutual respect and where you can create great things.So am I surprised by this? Not at all. Here is a very simple secret that some of these companies who belly ache about employees jumping ship do not get. If you want to retain great employees, create an environment that empowers them with the opportunity to be innovative and do great things, and compensate them properly.That’s my 2 cents

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