Survey: Conversion to EHR to take more than 10 years

By Bernie Monegain
12:00 AM

Forty-two percent of respondents to a just-released HIMSS Vantage Point survey say it will take more than 10 years for electronic health records to become standard practice in the United States.

Respondents took the survey - "The Decade of Health Information Technology" - in August. The results are based on 274 respondents.

The respondents consider the most effective path to switching to electronic records include public-sector reimbursements, a commitment to standards and building on the lessons learned by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Other findings of the survey include:

- Public sector reimbursement incentives for use of EHRs is the policy option that that will have the most impact on accelerating implementation of EHRs, according to 50 percent of the respondents.

- A third of respondents indicate that a commitment to standards is necessary for widespread adoption of healthcare information technology. Some 17 percent indicate that requiring standards for electronic prescribing will facilitate widespread adoption.

- Besides looking to the lessons learned by the Department of Veteran Affairs in implementing healthcare information technology, respondents recommend looking toward international initiatives as a guide.

More than 80 percent of respondents note that cooperation among competitors in the healthcare information technology marketplace is critical for success.

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