Hospital CIOs turn to outside consultants for advice

Nearly 50% of hospitals have hired—or plan to hire—IT consultants

Topics: Electronic Medical Records Strategy, Information Technology

March 5, 2012

Nearly one in two hospital CIOs plans to hire outside consultants to help them achieve meaningful use of electronic health records and manage other health IT initiatives, according to a survey by healthsystemCIO.

According to survey responses from healthsystemCIO's CIO Advisory Panel, 46% of hospital CIOs say they already have spent or plan to spend a "significant amount" of money to hire consultants. Meanwhile, 54% say they plan to leverage internal resources instead of hiring consultants.

Of the CIOs who intend to hire consultants, 62% say that their institutions lack the resources or expertise necessary to complete IT projects without outside assistance. Morevoer, 69% of hospital CIOs say they do not think they will have more difficulty securing funds to hire consultants than securing funds for software investment.

The survey also found that 58% of hospital CIOs believe that smaller organizations are at a disadvantage for qualifying for meaningful use incentives because of their limited ability to hire consultants (healthsystemCIO survey, 3/1).

About the Meaningful Use Navigator
Across the past several months, The Advisory Board Company’s Meaningful Use Navigator has helped a select group of hospitals prepare to receive roughly $90 million in meaningful use hospital incentive payments. One takeaway: even the most advanced organizations can get tripped up on preparing for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

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