O'Rourke also cites the expense of EHR implementations, the continual need for system upgrades, and concerns around data security as other frustrations attendant to EHRs.
Survey respondents cited as the second most commonly area for capital investment acquisition of clinical equipment, including surgical, imaging and lab equipment, which was cited by more than 20 percent of all respondents.
Other trends mentioned in the survey included widely reported primary care physician shortages (indicated by four out of five respondents) and a jump in provider consolidation, which is now reported by one in every four respondents.
Survey respondents comprised 127 hospital and health system e CEOs, CFOs and COOs. One hundred and twelve organizations of various sizes and types across 32 states were represented.