Survey: Hospitals keep scaling back on IT spending

This year's Most Wired Survey, sponsored annually by the American Hospital Association, has concluded that even with stimulus incentives in place, hospitals are still cutting back on their IT investment plans. What's more interesting, meanwhile, is that hospitals that spend may be changing the focus of their spending plans to spend more on medication administration technology.

The survey, conducted by AHA magazine Hospitals & Health Networks, concluded that hospitals are putting all IT spending under a microscope. Not only are providers cutting back on their investments, they're also rethinking the way they invest.

For example, 38 percent of hospitals and health systems are now investing medication administration technology, such as computerized physician order entry and electronic bedside matching. In 2008, only 23 percent of hospitals were making such investments. Twenty-six percent of medications are entered electronically by doctors, compared with 19 percent in 2008, the survey concluded.

To learn more about this study:
- read this Healthcare IT News piece

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