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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

he HITECH Act under consideration in the US Congress," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "The results confirm our view that providing physicians with the incentives to invest in and use an Electronic Health Record is the single most important action we can take to improve the quality, enhance safety, and lower the cost of healthcare in America. A critical point is that physician practices of different sizes and technical maturities have different needs. If we want to rapidly improve our healthcare system using technology to connect all US physicians to each other, to their patients, and to the latest information in real time, then it is important that Congress recognize the different obstacles to adoption that exist and frame a solution that meets the needs of all healthcare providers. This survey, direct from medical groups, provides clear guidance on just how to do that."

Key Findings

The goal of the survey was to gain insight into the perspectives and preferences of healthcare professionals related to the current incentives in place and the new proposed incentives for adoption and utilization of EHRs, as well as privacy and security considerations.

Key findings included the following:

-- Healthcare professionals support government incentives. Eighty-two percent of respondents strongly agree that the government should provide funding for EHRs via the HITECH Act.

-- Current e-prescribing incentives are working. Seventy-five percent of respondents to the survey are aware of the current e-prescribing incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and 37 percent are actively participating in the program.

-- Current EHR subsidies provided by hospitals are effective. Over 10 percent of practices surveyed have already received an offer from a hospital to help subsidize the cost of an EHR for their group under th
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