Is deadline-driven IT a good idea? Most CIOs would balk at the notion of mandates dictating the timelines for their IT implementations. But, in the case of healthcare IT, where there are real cost implications as well as patient care and safety at stake, it’s seemingly a different story.
We recently commissioned a Future of Healthcare IT study that sought the input of 100 healthcare CIOs and senior IT executives from around the country, and the findings are both surprising and logical. Take, for example, what they called out as their 2013 priorities and challenges.
The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) topped both lists, with more than one-third calling it their top priority and one-quarter also naming it their top challenge.
These findings fall under the “makes sense” category, given that the federal government set a 2015 deadline for providers to adopt EHR systems and demonstrate so-called meaningful use.
Even though some of the original requirements have since been eased, it would still be easy to assume that the majority of healthcare provider CIOs are disgruntled about being under the gun for such a massive and complex project. Our study found just the contrary – 79% believe the deadline is attainable and 62% agree the mandates are a good idea.
Also surprising is that more than half said they’ve already fully deployed an EHR solution that connects multiple locations.