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EHR rollouts are moving forward with varying confidence


KPMG: EHR rollouts are full steam ahead with varying confidence

Hospital and health system business administrators are no strangers to deadlines. According to a poll conducted by U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG, various levels of doubt are being felt across the healthcare community concerning its capability to meet the new EHR standards.

Forty-eight percent of hospital and health system business leaders who participated in a KPMG poll last month said they were confident in their organization's level of readiness to meet Stage 1 meaningful use requirements. Thirty-nine percent said they were somewhat confident, 3 percent said they were not confident at all, and 10 percent didn't know what their level of readiness was.

At the same time, the survey found that the majority (71 percent) of the hospital and health system business leaders said they are more than 50 percent of the way to completing EHR system adoption.

"The results show that organizations are moving forward but it's interesting that many are not more confident with their level of readiness, especially when considering anticipated Stage 2 requirements," said Brad Benton, partner and national account leader for KPMG Healthcare. "Achievement of meaningful use is a major organizationwide transformational initiative, and associated challenges must be effectively managed from the beginning or organizations may face serious project risk issues down the line."

Among the challenges organizations have had in meeting Stage 1 meaningful use requirements, simply understanding the requirements involved in demonstrating meaningful use was cited by the hospital and health system respondents as the biggest (25 percent), the report noted. This was followed by training and change management efforts (20 percent); capturing the relevant data electronically as part of clinical workflows (18 percent); lack of a dedicated meaningful use team (12 percent); and not having the appropriate certified technology (6 percent).