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Many hospitals, health systems won't be ready for meaningful use incentives

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 12, 2010

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Half of hospitals and health systems say they will not be ready to apply for meaningful use incentives for electronic medical records in 2011, according to a survey released in June by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute.

About 80% of the 134 surveyed executives and others from health systems, health information exchanges, insurers and regional extension centers are concerned or very concerned with their ability to meet meaningful use requirements within the proposed time frame.

Ninety-four percent of respondents are concerned with the reporting requirements under meaningful use, and 92% are concerned with the lack of clarity of meaningful use definitions.

The survey also found that those planning to apply for incentives in 2011 were more likely to include input from patients, insurers and physicians in the planning process.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/07/12/bibf0712.htm.

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