According to a recent survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, health care organizations are increasing IT spending in 2010 to get electronic health records systems up and running in time to qualify for federal funds to cover or at least defray the cost of the project.
More precisely. 42 percent of those who responded to the survey said meeting the "meaningful use" criteria is their top IT priority for the next two years. And the fact that "meaningful use" is not yet clearly defined may make that process a challenge. The federal Health IT Policy Committee is reworking the regulation to address stakeholders' concerns..
However, the survey also shows that no matter how confusing "meaninful use" standards might be, most of those surveyed said their key business objective overall in 2010 is to improve patient care.