More eligible hospitals are likely to succeed in meeting the criteria for Stage 1 meaningful use, indicates data from a new HIMSS Analytics report.
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The report “Summary of Meaningful Use Readiness,” found a 16 percent increase, from 25 to 41 percent in the seven months from February to September 2011, in hospitals being well positioned to meet Stage 1.
Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also show continued growth in the number of eligible hospitals moving toward or meeting Stage 1. As of Sept. 30, 2011, CMS reported 2,215 eligible hospitals have registered for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs; 564 hospitals (158/Medicare and 406/Medicaid) have received payment for meeting Stage 1 meaningful use, as of this same date.
The recent data from HIMSS Analytics shows 4 percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM), up from 2.6 percent a year ago with the percentage of hospitals achieving Stage 7 increasing in the same time period, from 0.8 percent to 1.1 percent. Thus, as noted in the report, "As more hospitals move toward meeting Stage 1 of meaningful use, an analysis of the movement of hospitals through the HIMSS EMRAM suggests that U.S. hospitals are continuing to advance their EMR capabilities to meet new market demands and requirements."
Just more than one-third of the hospitals represented in this study (39 percent) scored within Stage 3 of the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM, and about 17 percent of the respondents have achieved either Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the EMRAM, explained John P Hoyt, executive vice president, organizational services, HIMSS.
“Our research indicates that all facilities – including Stage 7 hospitals – need to remain focused on implementing all of the necessary security and privacy measures as they strive to achieve meaningful use,” said Hoyt. “We see hospitals working across the country to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use, and we are pleased at the progress they are making, even though it varies.”
HIMSS Analytics will continue to track the ability of hospitals to meet the meaningful use criteria, which represents HIMSS’ ongoing effort to support and drive the change to improve the delivery of patient care with a smarter, more efficient healthcare system through the adoption of health IT, said officials.