More than 60 percent hospitals are prepared to take on Meaningful Use Stage 2, according to new HIMSS Analytics [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
A new report released on Sept 18 from HIMSS Analytics, Hospital Readiness to Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2, reveals that over 60 percent of eligible hospitals have acquired the requirements for meaningful use stage 2. The report assesses the preparedness of eligible hospitals and their electronic health records that are used to store all patient information.
The highlights of the report include:
- At least 60 percent of hospitals in the sample have met the requirements for at least nine of the core metrics that define Stage 2 meaningful use; and
- Some 70 percent of respondents across all metrics are actively moving toward meeting Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.
In addition to the latest report, various other reports from HIMSS Analytics also corroborate the above findings. The number of hospitals qualifying for Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model has increased by more than 80 percent since the first incentive payments were issued in 2011. HIMSS officials also claim that adoption of electronic medical records have been strongly led by the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics says, “HIMSS applauds the continuous progress of eligible hospitals as they move toward compliance with Stage 2 meaningful use now and in 2014. However, it is also important to recognize the benefit of an extra six months, should CMS agree to extend the deadline, for hospitals that need extra time to review and meet the technological components of this stage of meaningful use compliance.”
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