SPOTLIGHT: Government EMR spending

In case you hadn't noticed, the health IT industry is on the brink of "disruptive change," particularly in the area of EMRs. However, according to a new report from government contracting research firm Input, there will only be a small impact on state and local government spending on EMRs and other health IT systems, from $7.6 billion in 2009 to $9.6 billion in 2014, a compound annual growth rate of 4.6 percent. On the federal level, though, comparative effectiveness research could create a secondary market boom. "As the federal government begins analyzing the data collected through EHR systems, a wide array of new health care IT market opportunities will emerge for vendors," Input CEO Tim Dowd says. Article