Survey: Despite High EMR Adoption, Hospital Execs Worry About Costs, Real Impact on Care

Even though adoption rates of electronic health records remain high, only 47 percent of healthcare executives are certain health IT will improve their organizations, and 85 percent are concerned about financing health IT, according to results from a Dell study.

In fall 2010, Dell conducted a survey of 150 hospital executive and more than 300 hospital patients to gauge attitudes about health IT and other healthcare issues. According to survey results, hospital executives are not only overwhelmingly concerned about being able to afford technology investments but are also concerned about training physicians and staff (79 percent), maximizing incentive payments (78 percent) and achieving interoperability through a health information exchange (78 percent).

Survey results also showed a majority of hospitals are investing in medical archiving and storage (71 percent), physician alignment (56 percent) and increasing privacy and security processes and safeguards (63 percent). While only 47 percent say health IT adoption will benefit hospitals, a lesser portion (37 percent) believe adoption will benefit physicians.

Read the Dell survey about health IT adoption among healthcare organizations (pdf).

Read other coverage about health IT adoption:

- Achieving Meaningful Use Requires a Physician-Centric Approach to IT

- Specialists Lagging Behind in Meaningful Use

- Health IT Not a Silver Bullet for Effective Physician-Patient Relationships

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