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2014 EHR benchmark survey: Organizations face challenges, but push forward

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 29, 2014

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The CMS EHR Incentive Program 2014 attestation deadlines for Medicare-eligible hospitals and professionals draw near (November 30 and December 31, respectively), so we asked healthcare professionals to reflect upon their successes and struggles associated with EHR implementation for benchmark survey.
The majority of the 186 healthcare professionals who weighed in identified themselves as HIM directors or managers (40%), nonmanagerial HIM staff members (20%), or HIPAA privacy/compliance/security officers (23%). This is a slight variation from the 2013 EHR benchmarking survey, when just 10% of the 154 survey respondents identified themselves as HIPAA privacy/compliance/security officers and 31% identified themselves as nonmanagerial HIM staff members. The percentage of HIM directors or manager respondents remained roughly the same.
Half of 2014 survey respondents work at acute care hospitals (50%). The majority of others are from critical access hospitals (10%), healthcare system corporate offices (9%), physician practices (6%), and long-term care facilities/skilled nursing facilities (6%). 
For the first time, we asked respondents to name the most challenging aspects of EHR adoption, and the majority said they struggle most with training their workforce (22%). Other challenges include:
  • The time it takes to deploy (14%)
  • Interoperability (15%)
  • The impact on provider productivity (14%)
  • Keeping up with meaningful use requirements (12%)
  • The overall cost (10%)
  • Moving data to the EHR (8%)
  • Developing a strategy to go live (3%)
  • Selecting a vendor (2%)
Continue reading "2014 EHR benchmark survey: Organizations face challenges, but push forward" on the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have free access to this article in the October issue.


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