Health system, IT executives describe their infotech plans

An occasional snapshot of current facts and trends in medicine.

Quick View. Posted March 12, 2007

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Large private health care systems are better organized with EMR implementation, while the public sector is better organized at linking to regional health information organizations.

State health executives Private sector health IT executives
Do you use EMRs?
In planning phase 71% 30%
Using EMRs 19% 52%
Using EMRs, hosting others 0% 5%
Not using/not planning 10% 13%
How long until deployment?
2 years or more 80% 63%
2 years or fewer 20% 37%
What is your planned process?
Still researching options 44% 14%
Purchase, install, maintain own solution 27% 59%
Build, install, maintain own solution 13% 17%
Subscribe to a turnkey solution by a RHIO or large provider 7% 10%
Do you participate in a RHIO?
No 57% 80%
Yes 43% 20%
Why are you not in a RHIO? (multiple reasons allowed)
No RHIO in my area 48% 33%
Not yet implemented EMRs 41% 16%
Lack of funding 27% 0%
Privacy concerns 23% 10%
Technical challenges 16% 6%
Don't know 0% 37%

That's one finding from a survey on electronic medical records by Citrix Systems, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software firm. The survey did not include small practices.

Citrix did one-on-one phone interviews with 99 state health care executives in January, and an online survey of 347 private health care IT execs. The confidence level is 90%.

Source: Citrix Systems

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