How Confident Are Organizations in Their Readiness for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use?

Forty-eight percent of surveyed hospital and health system leaders said they are confident in their organization's level of readiness to meet Stage 1 requirements for the meaningful use program, according to a report by audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG.

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.

The poll found that 39% of respondents said they are somewhat confident in their organization's ability to meet Stage 1 requirements, while 3% said they are not confident at all and 10% said they do not know their level of readiness.

The poll is based on responses from more than 250 hospital and health system administrators who participated in an online poll during a March KPMG webcast on Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the meaningful use program.

Source: KPMG, "'Meaningful Use' Requirements Seen as Compliance Challenge, Despite High Hospital EHR Adoption Rates"

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