IT leaders reflect on presidential candidates and the ACA

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As the political flurry of an election year continues to ramp up, nearly all industries are reflecting on how the political climate affects their sectors.

DataMotion Health, a provider of health information delivery services, sought to assess how IT leaders view the current political discussions by administering a survey at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition last week in Las Vegas.

DataMotion Health asked more than 200 attendees about their presidential candidate choices and the Affordable Care Act.

"Healthcare is always a hot political topic, and with legislation such as Obamacare, it's become even more so during this campaign," said Bob Janaceck, CTO and co-founder of DataMotion Health. "Our goal with this survey was to provide insight from those in the trenches; the pros with firsthand knowledge of the operational and cost aspects of healthcare, impact of policy and technical advancements, and familiarity with efforts to ensure the U.S. health system produces the best patient outcomes possible."

Here are the survey's three findings.

1. Health IT professionals said Hillary Clinton would be the best presidential candidate for the healthcare industry, with 37 percent indicating such. Sen. Bernie Sanders followed at 17 percent, followed by Ben Carson, MD, (14 percent), Donald Trump (13 percent), Sen. Marco Rubio (7 percent), Gov. Jon Kasich (6 percent) and Sen. Ted Cruz (6 percent).

2. A slight majority of respondents (54 percent) said they do not feel the Affordable Care Act increased organizational efficiency in healthcare.

3. However, the vast majority think a modified version of ACA should remain. Seventy-one percent of respondents said the next administration should keep the ACA but make some changes to it. Twenty percent said the next administration should repeal the ACA, and 9 percent said the next administration should keep the ACA as it is.

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