SPOTLIGHT: Eight in 10 CHIME members concerned about long-term meaningful use

With July now upon us, the start of the federal EMR incentive program is looming just three months down the road for hospitals and six months for physician practices. Financial penalties for failing to achieve "meaningful use" of EMRs don't start for four more years after that, yet eight in 10 hospital CIOs are concerned that they won't be able to meet the 2015 deadline, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey indicates. Overwhelming majorities of CIOs also wonder if they'll be able to meet federal reporting requirements to qualify for the incentive payment and are concerned that the path to meaningful use isn't well defined. FierceEMR