Health Care IT Spending Increase Focused on Improved Care - Slide 11

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Projected Change in 2010 IT Operating Budget

The good news is that IT budget allocations are definitely on the increase.

While politicians continue to rail about the pros and cons of health care reform, it’s become pretty clear that Federal government stimulus spending in the health care sector is having a profound effect on setting IT priorities.

The 21st annual Leadership Survey conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) of 398 health care IT professionals shows dramatic increase in developing electronic health care records systems and a huge gain in the amount of influence that Federal regulations are playing in terms of setting IT priorities.

The good news is that primary focus now seems to be squarely on improving the overall quality of health care and the reduction of human errors.

The only real question is how many health care organizations will really be able to put systems in place to qualify for funding under a somewhat ambiguous definition of exactly what meaningful use entails when it comes to deploying electronic medical records.

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