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Hospitals Ramp Up Capital Spending on IT

Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2013

"It's not that I drank the Kool-Aid, but I understand what the Promised Land could be, and I'm trying to get our organization heading that way."

For the most part, the hospital's medical staff has responded well to the addition of the EMR and is beginning to use it more fully, Bogen says.

"As an organization, we thought there was going to be a lot of concern and anger—and there was some of that for obvious reasons—but I think at the end of the day, our clinicians have really tried to embrace it and are actually ramping up requests to try to get data and information out of the EMR so it can be meaningful for them and their patients."

"Before we were relying on someone sitting at a desk and perusing through a paper chart, and you could only look at that stuff in a retrospective way. Here we have the ability to look at the data in a way that could positively affect the quality of care for a patient that is currently here," he adds.

Gaining access to real-time data across the care continuum is a major step forward in the pursuit of better population health management and improved patient wellbeing, and is motivating many health systems and hospitals to invest big bucks in their IT systems.

Stony Brook University Hospital, a 603-bed medical center in Stony Brook, N.Y., is also spending the biggest chunk of its capital budget on IT, says Jane Tsui-Wu, interim CIO.

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