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IT systems adoption beneficial for Small Hospitals Value, says report

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Community hospital executives say they consider ease of physician adoption as their most important criteria for selecting health IT systems, according to a new report from research firm KLAS. Researchers interviewed representatives from 64 community hospitals that plan to invest in a health IT system, for the report titled ‘Disruption in Community HIS Purchases: It’s All About Physician Adoption,’ researchers interviewed representatives from 64 community hospitals that plan to invest in a health IT system. The report explained that that the federal economic stimulus package spurred many smaller hospitals to consider purchasing health IT systems, particularly those that facilitate physician adoption. In addition, it was mentioned in the report that about half of the respondents said they plan to make a health IT purchasing decision within the next year and about 34% said they would make a decision within two years. The researchers note that smaller hospitals currently comprise a large share of health IT purchasers because most of the larger hospitals already have purchased clinical information systems.

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