Near Consensus on HIT Benefits, But ‘Meaningful Use’ Elusive

Monday, March 14th, 2011
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The gap is closing between early adopters of health IT and other organizations, particularly smaller medical practices, in benefits achieved from HIT. An ONC review of articles published on HIT benefits shows increased evidence of improved quality and efficiency of care and better access to care for leader and non-leader organizations alike.

Driven by incentives for HIT adoption, the number of healthcare organizations, including smaller practices, using HIT is increasing. However, concerns exist about the financial investment and clinician support necessary to achieve meaningful use of the technology, according to a new study by Beacon Partners. In this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, read more about these challenges as well as concerns among healthcare industry professionals about the perception of health reform legislation changes.

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