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‘Meaningful Use’ Requirements Seen As Compliance Challenge, Despite High Hospital EHR Adoption Rates, Says KPMG Poll

NEW YORK April 24, 2012

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, three 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 also 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.

Brad Benton

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). 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).

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Joe Kuehn

"In the long-term, EHR implementation is a critical driver for clinical and other business intelligence mandates," said Kuehn.  "Healthcare organizations must consider other important mandates, including ICD-10 and accountable care capabilities, in concert with the EHR transformation. This will help promote sustainability and future return on investment." 

The KPMG Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Institute conducted a webcast on meaningful use Stage 1 and Stage 2 requirements last month. The results reflect responses from more than 250 hospital and health system administrators who self selected to participate in the webcast poll. Respondents consisted of senior members of these organizations who have awareness of, or responsibility for, their organizations’ IT and finance programs. A replay of the webcast can be accessed via the following link:



Laura Sheridan Powers

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