Top Stage 2 Meaningful Use Concerns and Tips for Success

In a survey by U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG LLP, hospital and health system leaders cited their biggest barriers to achieving Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria. Here are some of their top concerns:

  • Training and change management (cited by 29 percent of respondents)
  • Lack of monitoring processes to help ensure sustained demonstration of Meaningful Use (cited by 19 percent of respondents)
  • Capturing relevant data electronically as part of the clinical workflow (cited by 19 percent of respondents)
  • Lack of a dedicated Meaningful Use team (cited by 12 percent of respondents)
  • Availability of certified EHR technology from current vendors (cited by 6 percent of respondents)

More than a third of respondents (36 percent) said they were "confident" of their ability to meet Stage 2 requirements, while nearly half of survey respondents (47 percent) said they were only "somewhat confident" of their ability to meet Stage 2 requirements.

If your organization shares similar concerns with these survey respondents, consider the following tips for overcoming barriers to Stage 2 success:

  • Take advantage of flexible online training tools from your EHR partner, if available.
  • Choose a technology partner that offers complimentary Meaningful Use monitoring to make sure you are getting off on the right foot and staying on the path to success.
  • Choose a vendor with strong structured data-capture and data-harvesting abilities.
  • Designate staff members to champion Meaningful Use efforts and monitor progress towards Meaningful Use measures.
  • Choose an EHR partner committed to providing certified EHR technology in a timely manner. If your EHR vendor is not committed to 2014 Edition certification or if your EHR is holding your organization back, consider replacing your EHR.

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