Tackling Stage 2
Some health-care organizations do not grasp the magnitude of the changes demanded by Stage 2 meaningful use, according to a panel convened at The Institute for Health Technology Transformation’s Denver Health IT Summit earlier this summer.
In Stage 1 meaningful use, health-care providers had to demonstrate their ability to perform core tasks, which include data exchange, security, imaging and patient engagement. In Stage 2, they’ll actually have to perform these core measures.
Key to success, said the panelists, is working with an electronic medical record (EMR) vendor to tackle the many facets of meaningful use in a proactive manner – which is perhaps one reason the global health-care IT outsourcing market is forecasted by RnR Market Research to grow from $35 billion in 2013 to $50.4 billion in 2018. That’s at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6%.
The key takeaway for health-care providers is to get help when needed. Your IT provider can help you improve your focus on your core business while reducing operational and maintenance costs by increasing your access to skilled IT resources. Outsourcing of health-care IT solutions is a way to mitigate rising health-care costs while meeting demand for quality care, according to RnR Market Research. Contact us today to see how we can help you achieve these goals.