The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA ) of 2009 gave information technology a huge boost in the healthcare industry. ARRA ’s Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITE CH). Act allocated $19.2 billion for provider adoption of electronic health records (EHR s). In the last year, physicians and healthcare organizations have focused their health IT initiatives on EHR and electronic medical record (EMR) implementation and the “meaningful use” that must be derived from these systems in order to qualify for federal stimulus funds.
While EHR s and EMRs are viewed as a core IT system, forward-thinking healthcare organizations are deploying other solutions to not only complement their EHR and EMR systems, and in doing so achieve meaningful use, but drive value across their enterprise. Given the impact of the economic recession, reimbursement cuts and the rise of self-pay, healthcare organizations are looking for health IT investments that deliver both clinical and financial value, and can be leveraged for future initiatives. Document and content management solutions fulfill healthcare providers’ strategic requirements.
Healthcare IT News and Healthcare Finance News each conducted a survey, on behalf of Hyland Software, the leading developer of OnBase enterprise content management (ECM) software, to determine healthcare providers’ perceptions and usage of document and content management solutions as part of their organization’s IT infrastructure. Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Bayonne Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Health System, SS M Health Care and University Hospitals of Cleveland also participated in case studies to highlight the benefits they realized in deploying a content management solution.
While these applications are slowly emerging as a core enterprise-wide IT solution — thanks to early adopters illustrated in the case studies — mainstream adoption is still a few years away, the surveys show. The trend may accelerate, however, with the rise of documented clinical and financial benefits by visionary healthcare organizations.
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