Most Electronic Health Records Users Cannot Meet Meaningful Use Deadline

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As subset of the 2011 Black Book Ranking's Electronic Health Record (EMR) User Survey, nearly 4000 healthcare leaders responded on several commonly discussed EMR issues. Despite the technology's escalating adoption rate, only one in ten users foresees achieving the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 requirements for stimulus funding by this spring.

According to the 2011 Black Book Ranking's user survey, about ninety percent of healthcare providers that purchased Electronic Medical Records (EMR) technology are off track to meet their meaningful use implementation goals.

"Over four hundred Electronic Health Records (EHR) system developers have emerged in the market over the past year and, as in most fast adoption environments, not all vendors equally service and support their new clients," said Dr Kevin Parker, lead EHR Researcher for Black Book Rankings.

"The customers of only a handful of high performance EHR vendors expressed high confidence in meeting the demonstration of meaningful use deadlines," adds Parker. "The perception of an effective technology partner is highly dependent on the quality of EHR vendor support through a several month implementation."

The top twenty EHR vendors that ranked highest on eighteen criteria of client satisfaction and achieveing meaningful use deadlines, can be accessed at

Among those failing to accomplish their meaningful use goals, EHR users indicate the following as the top five reasons they are losing implementation traction:

93% A lack of substantive support from their EHR vendor,

89% Delayed implementation due to the cost of additional support from EHR vendor/consultants,

82% report a hurried selection of an EHR vendor has resulted in negative consequences,

77% Lack available and/or trained staff to properly implement an EHR, and

69% are unprepared and underfunded to rectify difficult system interfaces.

"User experience is the only accurate way to assess future performance for prospective EHR buyers", said Dr Parker of Black Book Rankings. "The top performing vendors have demonstrated, as a qualified group, their ability to satisfy client expectations higher than the entire field of competing EHR vendors. This will be evidenced in the meaninful use sucess rates of 2011 by their collective clients."


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