A majority of healthcare leaders report that they have qualified for meaningful use stage one, according to results from the 24th Annual Health Information and Management Systems Society Leadership Survey.
A majority of healthcare leaders report that they have qualified for meaningful use stage one, according to results from the Annual Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Leadership Survey.
Nearly two-thirds of health information technology (IT) professionals in provider organizations surveyed already have qualified for meaningful use stage one, and three-fourths indicate they expect to qualify for stage two in 2014. Additionally, 87% of respondents indicated they expect to complete their conversion to ICD-10 by October 2014.
“With more than half of the respondents reporting that they have qualified for meaningful use stage one and 25% saying that they will invest a minimum of $1 million to achieve stage two, it seems that we have reached a tipping point where initial government investments are beginning to pay off and meaningful use is becoming ingrained in the healthcare industry,” said Jennifer Horowitz, senior director of research, HIMSS Analytics. “We’re seeing a pattern of consistent concern over IT staffing shortages. Clinical application support, network support, and clinical informatics professionals are in high demand.”
As the role of IT in healthcare grows, respondents continued to express concerns about IT staffing shortages. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed indicate that they plan to increase their IT staff over the next year, but 21% say are concerned that they won’t be able to secure the IT staff needed to successfully achieve their IT objectives.
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“The concerns voiced in the survey are the same concerns we’re hearing from our healthcare customers every day,” said Steve Fanning, vice president, Healthcare Industry Strategy, Infor. “There’s a growing realization that smart IT investments don’t just make business easier or lower costs for the organization; they directly impact patient care. Our customers are concerned with how they can use IT to accomplish more with less, while at the same time security to ensure the confidentiality of patient information.”
The HIMSS Leadership Survey was sponsored by Infor. Visit www.himss.org/LeadershipSurvey to access the full report.
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