Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis had planned to attest to meaningful use of electronic health records in April 2011. But in testimony given to the HIT Standards Committee on Jan. 11, the hospital notes challenges in being ready to attest that should give any hospital pause.

Running reports for inpatient meaningful use objectives and quality measures "has become an onerous, difficult and time consuming process," testified Joanne Sunquist, CIO. "This is in spite of the fact that we are working closely with our certified vendor who has provided certified reports. It is our understanding that only one Epic customer has been able to successfully run all of the Eligible Hospital MU reports."

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