AHA Surveys Field on Use of Health IT
The AHA today sent all community hospitals a survey to gather information on their use of health information technology and the barriers that prevent adoption. AHA President Dick Davidson noted in an accompanying letter the crucial need to understand trends in hospitals' use of health IT in light of calls from Congress and the Bush administration for widespread adoption of electronic health records and other health IT. "As primary users of interoperable, scalable and timely clinical data, hospitals will play a prominent role in the continued development of health IT," he said, noting that the survey findings will be used to educate Congress about health IT and facilitate its adoption in the field. Among other topics, the survey covers implementation of clinical and non-clinical IT applications; integration of health IT within the hospital and community; IT financing; and impediments to adoption.