The push under the federal stimulus to encourage the adoption of EHRs received the most votes as the top 2009 trend likely to continue to have the most impact in 2010.
The push received 30 percent of the vote among a list of eight choices. Coming in second with 15 percent of the votes was the growing concern over privacy and security. Third, with 11 percent of the vote, was the push to convert from ICD-9 diagnostic and billing codes to ICD-10.
“Until everyone is onboard you will have a hybrid system and not true connectivity,” said one reader who selected the push for EHR adoption.
Elizabeth A. Regan, professor and endowed chair in health systems management at Morehead State University in Kentucky, agreed.
“Until physicians start using HIT, they are not going to understand the potential.” she said. “And until they understand the potential, we won’t see meaningful transformation.”
“I am a CISO so of course I think privacy and security will be the biggest trend to continue,” said Shannon McMorris at Kettering Health Network in Ohio.
“EHR will save lives and is the wave and way of the future and should be promoted and pushed as best as possible,” said Norman Eisenberg, of the SGMS Corp. in Miami.