More than 70 percent of hospitals plan to adopt HIE, says report

According to a new report by healthcare IT consultancy firm CapSite, more than 70 percent of hospitals say they plan to adopt some form of health information exchange (HIE) technology as part of their strategic healthcare IT objectives.

The report polled more than 340 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the U.S. on their plans for healthcare IT adoption in light of new Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act regulations. Approximately 74 percent of healthcare facilities indicated that they plan to purchase HIE solutions in the coming year to ensure compliance with the new regulatory guidelines and to facilitate long-term healthcare IT objectives.

Among the primary reasons cited for planned HIE implementation included improved immunization reporting, streamlined results delivery and reporting, and establishing patient and provider indexes. Approximately 16 percent of hospitals that indicated they plan on purchasing an HIE stated that they intend to use a consultancy organization in the decision-making and acquisitions process.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ meaningful use federal financial incentives remained a primary motivation for the adoption of HIEs, echoing similar findings by a recent report published by the Health Information and Management Systems Society. However, CapSite’s survey has drawn criticism from some medical experts. Among the criticisms leveled at the CapSite survey include a lack of definition of the term ‘health information exchange’.

“Almost everything in the report was classified as HIE,” Greg DeBoar, a consultant with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), told Information Week. “We found almost all the [regional health information exchanges] were reporting that almost all the hospitals were participating. But their definition of participation in some cases was that they’d signed a memorandum of understanding.” CSC published the results of its own survey last year.

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