Report predicts IT outsourcing to rise
Healthcare organizations will spend more than $5.2 billion on IT outsourcing in 2006, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan of Palo Alto, Calif. Frost estimated that the industry spent $4.3 billion in 2002. The company's analysts predicted that financial pressure and compliance issues could prompt organizations to overcome their reluctance to outsource. "Community-based hospitals have viewed outsourcing as a threat to internal jobs, and directors responsible for purchase decisions seem to shun technology implementation fearing operational change and associated technical difficulties," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Vivek Subramany.
2004 Most Wired survey available online
Hospitals can access and complete the 2004 Hospitals & Health Networks' Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study at www.hhnmostwiredsurvey.com. The survey measures a range of hospital information technology. A code and password for accessing the online survey were mailed to all hospital CEOs earlier this year. The deadline for submissions is March 15.
AHA endorses Mitretek alert, tracking service
The American Hospital Association has endorsed the Web-based subscription service of Mitretek System, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC. The Mitretek Systems' Risk and Safety Management Alert System (RASMAS) is intended to help the nation's healthcare providers efficiently manage important healthcare product and safety alerts that affect patient safety and workforce resources. The AHA estimates that healthcare organizations receive more than 4,000 paper-based alerts annually from both public and private sources.
IDX to offer access to eMedicine's library
IDX Systems Corp. will make the peer-reviewed Clinical Knowledge Base content of Omaha, Neb.-based eMedicine.com Inc., available through its IDX Carecast enterprise clinical, financial and administrative system. Burlington, VT-based IDX and eMedicine will build direct, context-sensitive access to the eMedicine Clinical Knowledge Base within Carecast.