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Providers Believe Healthcare Reform Will Increase Their Costs, According to IVANS Survey
Date:6/4/2009

52% of Providers Surveyed Doubt Stimulus Money Will Successfully Encourage Adoption of Healthcare Information Technology

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) June 4, 2009 -- IVANS, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare connectivity solutions and services, announced results from a recent survey that showed healthcare providers believe in the importance of reform, but are concerned about the toll proposed approaches could take on their businesses and patients. According to the IVANS survey, 72% of healthcare providers believe a pay-for-performance model could lead to improved patient outcomes, but 79% said it would increase their costs of doing business, most likely due to increased reporting and record-keeping requirements. Providers believe a national health insurance plan would be even less effective, with 60% saying it would either increase costs or have no affect at all.

The survey also revealed providers' concerns regarding administrative reform. More than 50% of healthcare providers believe the billions of dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) earmarked for healthcare information technology (HIT) will have little to no success in encouraging HIT adoption. Clare DeNicola, president and CEO of IVANS, Inc., said, "Providers are diverse and significant attention from the government needs to be placed on addressing their different needs. A small nursing home in a rural area will have IT requirements that vary from a multi-facility hospital. The interests and concerns of all involved stakeholders need to be met for a meaningful use of HIT to occur."

Confusion in the marketplace around what the right solution should be and how to pay for it were also expressed by survey participants. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed believe electronic health reco
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