Commonwealth Survey Finds Health IT a High Priority
A survey of nearly 300 leading health experts puts increasing IT as the third highest health care priority for Congress to address in the next five years.A survey of nearly 300 leading health experts puts increasing information technology as the third highest health care priority for Congress to address in the next five years. In Commonwealth Funds ninth annual online survey of health experts, four-fifths of respondents deemed increasing IT to improve quality of care as "absolutely essential" or "very important." The top priority was expanding coverage for the uninsured, deemed at least "very important" by 88 percent of respondents. Enacting reforms to moderate health care spending and ensuring Medicares long-term solvency were also deemed high priorities by 81 percent and 80 percent of the respondents, respectively. The former health IT czar says the pervasive problems in U.S. health care are creating a growing market for health IT. Click here to read more.
The survey asked similar questions two years ago, and expanding coverage for the uninsured ranked the highest then as well; 87 percent of respondents named it as a top 5 priority. "Improving the safety and quality of care, including increased use of information technology," captured second place, named by 69 percent as a top 5 priority. No other priorities were named by more than 50 percent of respondents.