Meaningful Use Gives HIT Execs Chance For Improvement
Health IT (HIT) will most likely achieve its most significant improvements over the next 12 months by meeting meaningful use, according to a survey conducted among HIT Senior Management and Executives by Stoltenberg Consulting at the recent HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans, LA.
While a majority of respondents (35 percent) placed meaningful use in the top spot, 19 percent of respondents identified the areas in which HIT will achieve the most significant improvements as health information exchange, clinical Integration and mobile health, respectively.
“Those hospitals that can successfully achieve meaningful use implementation will benefit greatly from the resulting updated systems, enhanced processes and increased data security,” said Shane Pilcher, Vice President of Stoltenberg Consulting. He cautioned that “organizations still need to overcome the hurdles inherent in meeting meaningful use however, before they can reap the benefits of it.”
Survey respondents identified the three greatest challenges in fulfilling meaningful use requirements in their organizations as confusion and/or ambiguity about the regulation itself (29 precent); competing health IT projects (23 percent) and lack of resources such as funding, IT skill, talent and time (17 percent).
“While these challenges certainly impact hospitals of all sizes, they are particularly daunting for rural and community hospitals,” noted Pilcher. “To have the best chance of meeting meaningful use, smaller hospitals should develop an effective plan of action that unites IT, internal administration and clinical providers.”
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The Stoltenberg survey also uncovered the top three issues likely to dominate HIT dialogue for the remainder of 2013: Health Information Exchange (62 percent); Mobile Health (58 percent) and Clinical Analytics (54 percent).
Pilcher stated that “like meaningful use, Health Information Exchange, mobile health and clinical analytics can all ultimately have a positive impact on an organization's bottom line in addition to the ability to improve healthcare delivery, but they also require the type of extensive knowledge, expertise and experience in healthcare IT that might be best accessed through a qualified HIT services provider.”
In fact, according to the Stoltenberg survey, the issues or problems that HIT executives would most likely consult with a specialized IT consulting firm to resolve are: ICD-10 (25 percent); meaningful use (25 percent); clinical and business intelligence (23 percent); cloud computing (21 percent); and CPOE/clinical systems implementation (20 percent).
Survey respondents included HIT management, physicians and clinicians representing healthcare providers and payers, government agencies and HIT services vendors, among others.
About Stoltenberg Consulting
Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. creates an environment for success by working with healthcare organizations to provide a variety of services including project management, implementation support and integration between systems. Members of the Stoltenberg Consulting team are consultants with extensive experience in both financial and clinical systems, averaging more than 15 years of direct on-site hospital experience. Stoltenberg Consulting has grown rapidly to serve a client base of more than 200 preeminent healthcare organizations throughout the United States providing services for Siemens (Approved Partner), Epic (Preferred Partner), Cerner, McKesson, Meditech, NextGen, Allscripts and Zynx customers. Stoltenberg was named #1 in the Staff Augmentation category by the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. For more information call 1-888-724-1326 or visit www.stoltenberg.com.