With so many requirements to satisfy in achieving Stage 1 of meaningful use, health care providers face a considerable number of challenges to becoming fully compliant. A recently published report from Computer Sciences Corp., a technology software and services company based in Falls Church, Va., includes a list of meaningful use challenges. Here are the top ten, according to the report’s authors:
- Capture the data.
- Establish effective workflows to reinforce data entry (Including medication reconciliation).
- Drive provider involvement in adopting the electronic health record (EHR).
- Computer-based provider order entry.
- Start e-prescribing — as soon as possible.
- Develop a process for managing clinical decision support.
- Implement patient health information exchange (HIE) workflows.
- Formulate a provider HIE strategy.
- Ensure privacy and security compliance.
- Initiate EHR-based quality performance measurement support.
In its conclusion, the report notes that the criteria for meaningful use have had two major effects. First, despite many challenges, EHR adoption has been gaining a momentum in the U.S. “that has been overdue for decades.” Second, eligible professionals should keep an eye on the future when they implement EHR technology, and not succumb to shortsighted solutions.
View the full report: Meaningful Use for Eligible Professionals: The Top Ten Challenges.