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Friday, June 22, 2012
by James Swann
Hospitals and health systems are making significant progress
in setting up electronic health records systems, but money is starting to get
tight, KPMG said in a recent poll. Jerry Howell from KPMG told me that
organizations are facing huge costs related to deploying EHRs, and federal financial incentives will not make
much of a dent. He said funding for EHRs
might have to be diverted from other ongoing projects.
The KPMG poll found that while 49 percent of hospitals and
health systems said they were more than 50 percent done with EHR
implementation, 48 percent of health systems said they were “only somewhat
comfortable” with the amount of funding for EHR projects. Nine percent said
they were not comfortable with budgetary levels, and 18 percent said they were
unsure. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has promoted the use
of EHRs through programs that offer financial incentives to eligible providers
who can demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems. Proposed criteria for
Stage 2 of the meaningful use incentive program were published in the March 7
Federal Register, and public comments were due May 7.
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