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What drivers are expected to shape Health IT in 2009?

Posted Dec 23 2008 9:35pm

Health IT Predictions Link: Industry Predictions

In an article published in the iHealthBeat website, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, presents an excellent synopsis of the drivers and events of Health IT from the current year. She also presents predictions for the future of Health IT and Healthcare Reform, and describes the momentum as an inflection point at the crossroads of change.

Some of the points she made in her article include:

She reports that funding will come in the form of $40,000 over five years that will be used not only for technology implementation, but also for the needed technical assistance.

  • Vendors and Payers are poised to remain alert for opportunities to market their services and/or products. With only 38% of providers using EHRs, and the opportunity to target healthcare consumers (e.g. individuals and families), the market is wide open.
  • Harvard Study suggests support for reduced malpractice claims arising from the use of quality data within an electronic medical record. Seems that this could be one of the "tipping points."
  • States are implementing legislation to address the impending EHR "bubble." There were 3 times as many bills passed during the 18 month period between 2007 and 2008 than there were between 2005 and 2006. Perhaps our state legislatures see "the writing on the wall."
  • The personal health record evolution with internet-savvy individuals taking the ticket to establish their health records and prescription records online.
  • 2% payment bonus for e-Prescribing. Yet another reason to adopt enabling technology for healthcare practices.

If you want more information, read some of the headlines and news hitting the streets that further describe the exciting opportunities for Health IT adoption in the coming year(s).

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