Right now, it's estimated that fewer than 6% of the nation's healthcare providers have health IT--such as e-health records and computerized physician order entry systems--in place to meet even stage-one meaningful use requirements, said Walt Zywiak, a CSC principal researcher in an interview with InformationWeek.
"Many healthcare providers are still trying to figure it out," in terms of the basics, like picking out the software and other technology they'll need in their practices, let alone the workflow and other issues they'll also need to tackle, said Zywiak, who is also a co-author of the new CSC report, Meaningful Use For Eligible Providers: The Top Ten Challenges."
With so few healthcare providers on track right now for stage-one compliance, there will also be a scramble for health IT talent to help implement these systems, said Zywiak. The government's HITECH program creating dozens of "regional extension centers" across the country to help assist doctor practices and hospitals should help some, "at least that's the plan," he said.
In the meantime, CSC has pinpointed the top challenges eligible healthcare providers face in meeting stage-one meaningful use requirements. Here you go: