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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