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Harsh economics dampen appetite for healthcare IT

April 8, 2009 Diagnostic Imaging. Harsh economics dampen appetite for healthcare IT by Greg Freiherr The weakened U.S. economy is slowing the pace of growth in healthcare IT, according to a survey conducted by HIMSS. Only a little more than half (55%) of the 304 respondents participating in the 20th annual HIMSS Leadership Survey said their IT budgets would increase, compared to 78% last year. This year about 42% said their staffing levels would increase, down from 68% last year. Survey respondents noted, however, that their organizations remain committed to healthcare IT. Implementing EMR systems is at the top of “to-do” lists held by IT professionals. About 31% said the primary focus would be ensuring their organization has a full EMR. Another 17% indicated that their the primary focus would be to install a CPOE (computerized provider order entry).

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This article was republished with permission from CMPMedica, LLC

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