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IT staff shortages is affecting EHR adoption

October 11th, 2010


According to a survey conducted by CHIME in early September IT staffing shortages is putting projects at risk and negatively impact healthcare organizations’ EHR implementation. The survey included responses from 182 member CIOs of CHIME.

According to the survey, more than 70% of CIOs said their organizations had inadequate IT staff to implement clinical application software, while 51% said that such staffing issues may affect their ability to implement electronic health record systems and qualify for "meaningful use" incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid.
The survey also found that 76% of respondents have concerns about retaining existing health IT staff.
The most glaring need for healthcare organizations is for trained personnel who can implement clinical records software. More than 70 percent of respondents reported that their organizations lack staff to implement clinical applications.
To meet immediate needs, CIOs reported that they were planning to use various strategies, and the use of third-party consultants was the most frequently mentioned strategy, listed by more than a third of respondents.

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