For hospital CIOs, meaningful use is not the only worry

ACOs, payment uncertainty are causes for concern, IT leaders say

Topics: Information Technology, Meaningful Use, Electronic Medical Records Strategy, Clinical Documentation, HITECH, Standards and Regulatory Policy

February 22, 2013

CIOs of 12 major health care systems share concerns that go beyond ICD-10 and meaningful use requirements, according to a new white paper.

  • The full plate of the CIO: In this 2012 video, we outline the main issues facing IT departments at hospitals nationwide.

The CIOs interviewed for the Deloitte Center for Healthcare Solutions white paper are responsible for:

  • Implementing ICD-10 and meaningful use requirements;
  • Structuring and managing data; and
  • Supporting decisionmaking at all levels of the organization.

Although the CIOs are working to stay on course for meaningful use Stage 2, they said their organizations will face unknown challenges with future changes to their payment structure, such as through the launch of accountable care organizations.

Harry Greenspun—senior adviser on health care transformation and technology with the Deloitte Center and co-author of the white paper—said that such changes require "significant retooling" by organizations. He added that health care systems have "big gaps in their skills sets" that will require "attaining new skills, bringing in new people."

According to Greenspun, the "big discussion" among the CIOs centered on innovation. He said, "All of them, they know what their needs are, but they're not really sure who can help them with that and what innovative solutions are out there to help them" (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 2/19 [subscription required]).

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