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Impact of ARRA Legislation on Providers – Part 2
Posted on: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Billian’s HealthDATA and Porter Research partnered to conduct a survey of hospital executives’ understanding of the HITECH Act. In 2009, their research revealed that only 67% of the respondents described the impact of the new legislation to be moderate to significant. However, in 2010 that number escalated to more than 80%.
Many of the hospitals who participated in the survey had adopted new technologies for their physicians and patients. In fact, the number of respondents that had adopted these new IT solutions increased in 2010 by an average of 21%. Some of those new programs include EHR, ePrescribing, and Computerized Physician Order Entry. While one of the respondents’ biggest fears was that their hospitals would put important IT decisions on hold until funding was received, the survey results indicated that for every decision put on hold, two more were pushed through.
Respondents were also asked how much they agreed with certain concepts of the HITECH Act. 90% agreed with the adoption of EHR technology, but only 43% believe that the Act will insure that every American has an electronic health record by 2014. Regardless, over 75% of respondents believe that the HITECH legislation will strengthen the health IT infrastructure, and 58% believe that it will improve overall efficiency and quality of the healthcare system.
The research shows that hospital executives are ready to meet the requirements of the new legislation. Respondents believe that the HITECH Act will accelerate adoption of EHR and other technologies, but concerns still exist about the ultimate impact of these technologies on efficiency and quality of the healthcare system.
Read the full article at http://www.porterresearch.com/Resource_Center/Porter_White_Papers/The_Road_Traveled.html
Source: “The Road Traveled: Providers’ Perceptions of ARRA Legislation from Inception to Meaningful Use”
Tags: ARRA, EHR, HITECH Act, physicians, Technology
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