Although hospitals are working to implement electronic health record systems, many hospital administrators say they are "only somewhat comfortable" with their organization's budget for EHR deployment, according to a poll from audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG, Healthcare IT News reports (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 6/21).
The poll, which KPMG conducted as part of a May webcast, includes responses from more than 220 hospital and health system administrators (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 6/21).
According to the poll, 49% of surveyed hospital leaders said their institution is more than halfway finished with its EHR implementation. The poll also found that:
- 48% of respondents said they are only somewhat comfortable with their organization's budget for EHR deployment (Healthcare IT News, 6/21).
- 25% said they are very comfortable with their organization's EHR budget; and
- 9% said they are not at all comfortable with their organization's EHR budget (FierceHealthIT, 6/21).
When asked about the types of strategies their organization is pursuing to complete EHR implementation:
- 46% of survey respondents said their organization is using a multiple-resource strategy;
- 16% said their organization is relying on existing staff;
- 13% said their organization is hiring additional staff; and
- 10% said their organization is using third-party assistance (Healthcare IT News, 6/21).