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One cautionary finding from the Industry Survey is a weakness in IT staffs at hospitals and health systems. Among different functional groups—including physicians, nursing, finance, trustees, and top leadership—IT staff performance earns the poorest rating. That's troubling at a time when technology is critical to virtually all the needs of healthcare organizations. This is a time for IT strength, not weakness.
Thus it's timely that our Technology Survey is also previewed in this magazine issue, starting on page 27. This survey, another of our monthly Intelligence Reports, taps CIOs and the other C-suite leaders for their views on healthcare technology. Four in five respondents expect their organizations' IT operating budgets to increase over the next three years, in response to drivers such as regulatory requirements, clinical needs, and coordinated care. A majority of leaders expect a positive return on IT investment, but 42% do not, viewing IT spending as a cost of doing business.
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This article appears in the January/February 2013 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.
Edward Prewitt is the Editorial Director of HealthLeaders Media.
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