The challenges of meeting federal meaningful-use targets continue to sink in for hospital chief information officers, according to the latest quarterly survey of CIOs by the College of Health Information Management Executives.
CIOs less confident on early meaningful-use targets: CHIME survey
Results from the most recent survey, conducted in March, show that 7.5% of 200 CHIME members queried expected to meet meaningful-use requirements and qualify for federal electronic health-record system subsidy payments by April 1, 2011.
That's down from 15% for that metric in the November 2010 survey and from 28% in the survey last August. The clock started for hospitals under the Medicare portion of the program, established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, on Oct. 1, 2010. Hospitals have one year from that date to meet and attest to the fact that they have met the program guidelines for 90 consecutive days.
"The survey shows that as CIOs begin implementing EHRs to meet the meaningful-use targets required to get stimulus funding, they are finding quite a bit of 'devil is in the details' as they move along the process," said Pamela McNutt, senior vice president and CIO of Dallas-based Methodist Health System, in a CHIME news release. McNutt chairs the CHIME Policy Steering Committee.
Still, roughly a third (32.5%) of respondents expressed confidence that their organizations will qualify for the IT cash within the first full year of the program, which ends Sept. 30 for hospitals. Ninety percent of those surveyed said they expect to meet meaningful-use targets by 2013, while 58% expect to become meaningful users of an EHR system before the end of Stage 1 in Sept. 30, 2012.
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