Seven months into the reporting period for Meaningful Use, only four hospitals and 50 healthcare professionals have achieved stage 2, which is raising concerns about whether stage 2 implementation is helping or hurting EHR adoption.
To qualify for stage 2 MU, eligible professionals must meet 17 core objectives and half of the six menu objectives. Eligible hospitals must meet 16 core objectives and half of the six menu objectives. And providers must order at least 30% of radiology, 30% of labs, and 60% of medication through CPOE.
When the CMS launched the EHR Incentive Programs three years ago, the goal was to reward healthcare professionals for adopting EHR and increasing efficiency. However, it has become more of a burden than a gift due to low attestation figures, hardships on execution, and growing EHR backlash.
Because the question of whether this is helping or hurting EHR adoption is so broad and in depth, the infographic included below identifies adoption trends and illustrates the challenges.