Study shows that many healthcare providers may not be ready for stage two meaningful use

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A recent survey, which was sponsored by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, found that proposed stage two and three of meaningful use requirements may be difficult to attain, Information Week reports.

The study examined the views of healthcare providers, electronic health records (EHR) vendors and industry experts in regards to how difficult stage two and three meaningful use requirements are to achieve.

Recent healthcare reform has mandated that healthcare providers make use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing and data sharing which can improve the quality of car. Stages two and three will be implemented in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Analysts found that more than 50 percent of providers and 40 percent of vendors felt that syndromic surveillance, which refers to the collection of health data about a clinical ailment, may not be ready to be a core measurement in stage two requirements.

This study reveals a need for health information management degree holders who can help healthcare providers implement new systems that will help them achieve meaningful use stage two and three requirements.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the number of new employment opportunities in the health information management field are expected to increase by 20 percent over the next seven years.