Senators: Rural Hospitals Hobbled by Digital Divide
"Those numbers are a moving target. When we looked at 2011 data, only 4% were meeting Stage 1 Meaningful Use. From that dipstick to the next year it went to 44%. So we would expect that when we looked at who is close to pushing over on the Stage 1 criteria there is a huge number there."
"You can't get that mired down in what those snapshot-in-time numbers mean. What we are seeing is a trending all in the right direction, with some ongoing small and rural gaps, although that seems to be closing. But we are not out of the woods yet," Painter said.
Back in Washington, several members of the committee, including Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-KS), made jokes about Mostashari's trademark bow tie and suggested that he and other federal bureaucrats have little or no idea of the challenges that rural providers face as they grapple with meaningful use.
"My concern is I don't think we are getting the word west of Highway 81 in Kansas…," Roberts said. "It's like Paul Harvey used to do with Page 1 and Page 2. Page one and I will be back in just a minute. Well you've got Phase 1 and Phase 2. If we could just pause and make sure that most of the rural providers know what is going on."
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