Health Information Management

EHRs and CPOE top priorities according to HIMSS survey

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 21, 2009

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EHR implementation and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) are top priorities for health information technology (IT) professionals, according to the 20th annual Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Leadership Survey. HIMSS announced the results of the survey in an April 3 press release.

Of the 304 respondents—many of whom responded prior to President Obama’s February 17 signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—31% said the primary focus would be ensuring their organization has a full EMR. Seventeen percent said the primary focus would be the installation of a CPOE. To assess the effects that the ARRA will have on HIT spending, HIMSS is gathering additional information from survey respondents, according to the press release.

"The economy is affecting all sectors, healthcare IT included, but the good news is healthcare IT still continues to grow," said Charles E. Christian, HIMSS board chair, in the press release. "With the passage of the ARRA, the resulting billions of dollars intended to stimulate healthcare IT should certainly impact how respondents view their budget options."

304 participants completed the self-administered Web-based survey between February 1 and March 6. Those surveyed represent 250 unique healthcare organizations and nearly 700 hospitals throughout the United States. The average bed size of the hospitals was 519. Approximately 80% of respondents said they are senior information technology executives at their organizations, and 62% are corporate chief information officers.

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