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Allscripts Survey of Healthcare Professionals Demonstrates Potential Impact of Economic Stimulus Plan on Electronic Health Record Adoption
Date:2/2/2009

CHICAGO, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- An online survey of 1,888 physicians, medical group executives and staff, released today by Allscripts, concludes that U.S. physician groups are eager to accept a proposed multi-billion dollar package of government loans, grants and incentives designed to promote broader adoption of information technologies such as the Electronic Health Record (EHR).

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The survey results reveal consensus among medical groups that funding is critical, with 82 percent of respondents strongly agreeing that the government should provide funding for Electronic Health Records via the HITECH(1) Act, a key component of the proposed $825 billion economic stimulus package now under consideration in the US Congress.

The survey also confirms that existing incentive programs managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) -- designed to encourage hospitals to donate EHRs to physicians and to spur adoption of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) -- have been effective. But on several key issues that are central to the debate underway in Congress, the survey reveals a wide variance in opinions among respondents. This is especially true when it comes to deciding what form of payment the government should provide, whether funding should be targeted toward the purchase of an EHR or incentives for use of an EHR.

As a result, the survey findings clearly suggest the most effective route to achieving widespread EHR adoption lies not in a uniform approach to all physicians but rather a blended model of incentives that address the unique needs of different physicians in different types of medical groups.

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