E-Health Records Planned Despite Stimulus Uncertainty

More than 50% of healthcare providers surveyed by IVANS do not believe the federal stimulus package will successfully encourage health IT adoption.
Also fueling uncertainty among healthcare providers participating in the survey was this: Home healthcare providers and nursing homes were among the 508, healthcare providers polled. However, so far the HITECH federal stimulus legislations is vague on how those healthcare providers will participate in the new programs, despite the growing population of aging baby boomers who'll likely increasingly require their services in coming years.

In fact, despite their skepticism and uncertainly about the government incentive programs, about four in 10 healthcare providers are planning to implement e-medical record systems over the next 12 months.

Many are already making investments in IT, including those that can help support e-medical record deployments, including wireless networks, business continuity technologies and connectivity to remote locations.

"Healthcare providers are wary but they are moving forward with technology innovations," said DeNicola. "They're not driven so much by the stimulus funds as they are in their belief that these technologies can help improve their businesses and patient care," she said.

Finally, when survey participants were asked who should take the lead on driving adoption of healthcare IT to ensure its success, 47% of healthcare providers named themselves; 21% suggested the government should lead; 14% said healthcare insurers/payers should have that responsibility; and 18% were divided between industry associations and consumers leading the charge, according to the report.

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