Hospitals are ready to meet some of the meaningful use requirements under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (EHRIP), and they expect to make more progress over the next year, according to research by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
HIMSS Analytics surveyed 687 hospitals, asking whether they were able to meet the meaningful use program’s Stage 1 criteria. Of the hospitals, 22% said they currently could meet 10 or more of Stage 1’s 14 core requirements. In addition, 40% said they were ready to meet five or more of Stage 1’s menu of 10 optional criteria. Hospitals have to demonstrate they can meet all 14 core requirements and at least five optional criteria to be eligible for incentive payments, which will start in 2011.
The results of the survey indicate a good first start for hospitals, according to John Hoyt, executive vice president of HIMSS. “We’re in better shape than earlier testaments” showed, he said.
HIMSS Analytics will continue to conduct research, and in January will start to release quarterly reports on providers’ meaningful use readiness.