Studies report challenges, obstacles to wider health IT adoption

05/11/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

More clinicians and organizations are using digital medical records and other health IT applications, but recent research has found possible problems that could affect adoption. One study reported that although EMR deployment among Massachusetts physicians rose from 23% to 35% between 2005 and 2007, very few used functions designed to boost the safety and efficiency of drugs. Another research group looked into the effect of state laws for health privacy on EMR adoption and concluded that hospitals were 20% to 30% less likely to implement such a system when such laws were in place.

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