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Survey Results Show Long-Term Care Providers Wary about Healthcare Reform
Date:6/11/2009

Budget Concerns, Understaffing and Lack of Established Best Practices and Clarity in the Stimulus Bill Cited by Providers as Barriers to Short-Term Success

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) June 11, 2009 -- While more than one-third of home health care and nursing home organizations said they expect the government's economic stimulus package to increase use of healthcare information technology, another 52% said the stimulus package will have little or no impact on their businesses, according to a recent survey by IVANS, Inc.

"Home health and nursing home care is expected to be one of the fastest growing provider segments over the next several years," said Clare DeNicola, IVANS President and CEO. "IVANS analysis reveals that while providers are optimistic about reform's ability to improve patient outcomes, budget concerns, understaffing, and the lack of clarity in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act regarding stimulus funding for long-term care has them concerned."

Providers Looking to Electronic Health Records to Improve Patient Care
According to the survey, nearly 70% of home health care and nursing home organizations say that electronic health records (EHRs) will have a positive impact on their businesses, and 56% of respondents have begun or plan to implement EHRs within the next year. Other key technology priorities for long-term care facilities include implementation of wireless networks, solutions to provide electronic documentation at point of care, and business continuity planning, the survey shows.

When it comes to sharing data outside the organizations, survey respondents were not as positive. More than 70% of respondents said they have no plans to participate in a Health Information Exchange (HIE). Experience with failed ef
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