Survey: 10% of Hospitals Ready for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use

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About 10% of U.S. hospitals are ready to meet all 14 core measures for Stage 1 of the meaningful use program, according to a report by HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the New York Times' "Prescriptions" reports (Japsen, "Prescriptions," New York Times, 11/1).

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

For the report, HIMSS Analytics surveyed 778 hospitals between Feb. 1 and Sept. 30 (Goedert, Health Data Management, 11/1).

The report found that 31% of hospitals "should be prepared to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use shortly" ("Prescriptions," New York Times, 11/1). Such hospitals are ready to meet at least 10 of the 14 core measures for Stage 1 (Health Data Management, 11/1).

The report also found that:

  • About 53% of hospitals are classified as being unlikely to meet Stage 1 soon, having met nine or fewer core criteria; and
  • About 6% of hospitals are not ready to meet any core measures.

HIMSS Comments

John Hoyt -- executive vice president of organizational services at HIMSS -- said, "We see hospitals working across the country to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use, and we are pleased at the progress they are making, even though it varies." He added that all facilities must stay focused on implementing privacy and security measures as they strive to achieve meaningful use (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 11/1).


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