Although federal guidelines are not yet set for meaningful use, nearly three-fourths of hospitals and other healthcare organizations say they will increase information technology spending in anticipation of stimulus fund reimbursement. However, security issues remain a concern for hospitals.
Nearly half of the 72% of the 398 healthcare leaders who responded to this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey on meaningful use spending said they expected their IT budgets to increase, adding that meeting "meaningful use" criteria is a driver of that spending.
"Many healthcare executives are paying attention to the improving financial picture, evaluating their systems, and starting to make investments," Barry P. Chaiken, MD, HIMSS board chair, said in a statement. "A year ago, spending was down and hospital were feeling pressure, but the stabilizing of the economy and the ARRA meaningful use provision has provided an incentive for making healthcare IT investments."
Among the survey's findings:
Those surveyed represent 270 unique healthcare organizations and nearly 700 hospitals in the U.S. A total of 85% of respondents said they are senior IT executives and 66% of respondents identified themselves as corporate chief information officers.
HIMSS is a comprehensive healthcare stakeholder organization focused on optimal use of IT.