A survey of CIOs and other top information technology leaders at provider organizations finds most respondents worry to some degree about being able to implement standards recommended by the HIT Standards Committee to meet current deadlines for the meaningful use of electronic health records.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives conducted the survey of its members, drawing 176 responses. Federal officials in the Department of Health and Human Services presently are considering more than 20 standards that the HIT Standards Committee recommended, as HHS continues to develop proposed rules expected later this month.

In the survey from Ann Arbor, Mich.-based CHIME, only 8% of respondents were not worried about achieving deadlines, starting with the 2011 start of Medicare/Medicaid incentive payments. Another 37% were very worried, 28% were somewhat worried and nearly 27% were a little worried.

"Early attempts at standardization were not rousing successes," says CHIME member David Muntz, senior vice president and CIO at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. "It's hard to believe that we will be able to adapt to new standards in time to qualify for the rewards from the stimulus. I'm hopeful we'll be there before the penalties are levied."

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--Joseph Goedert

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