E-Health Systems: For Love or Money?

Gienna Shaw, January 18, 2011

Healthcare providers are marching toward certification and meaningful use of their electronic health systems and thinking about how they'll spend the financial rewards for doing so. But are they doing it for the love of e-health technology? Or are they doing it because the government is all but forcing them to?

A recent survey conducted by the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit, E-Health Systems: Opportunities and Obstacles, suggests healthcare leaders are feeling positive that they'll meet meaningful use requirements. In fact, 91% said they will be ready by 2016 at the latest. And 41% said their systems are already certified by an approved ONC certifying body.

That jibes with data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which found about 80% of the nation's hospitals and 41% of office-based physicians plan to cash in on as much as $27 billion in federal incentives for adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records technology.

And while this all sounds like good news, one question remains—are electronic health systems everything that the industry had hoped for?

Perhaps not so much.
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