Commonwealth Survey Finds Health IT a High PriorityBy M.L. Baker | Print
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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 Fund's 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 Medicare's long-term solvency were also deemed high priorities by 81 percent and 80 percent of the respondents, respectively.
Experts were recruited from academia and research organizations; health care delivery; business, insurance and other health industries; and government and advocacy groups. The survey was delivered e-mail to a panel of 1,246 opinion leaders in health policy and innovators in health care delivery and finance; 289 responded.
Full results of the survey can be found here.
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