In this NEJM study, Dr. Ashish Jha et al. examine the low rate of health IT adoption in U.S. hospitals.
We found that less than 2% of acute care hospitals have a comprehensive electronic-records system . . . However, many institutions have parts of an electronic-records system in place, suggesting that policy interventions could increase the prevalence of electronic health records in U.S. hospitals faster than our low adoption levels might suggest. Critical strategies for policymakers hoping to promote the adoption of electronic health records by U.S. hospitals should focus on financial support, interoperability, and training of information technology support staff.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing health IT? What strategies should policymakers employ to make it easier for doctors and hospitals to adopt health IT?