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Health IT: What’s Beyond EHRs?

by John Commins

Health Leaders Media

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IT Enters 'Post-EHR Era'

A drop in the percentage of IT budgets that is directed toward electronic health records systems signals a shift in focus. Now it’s on broader business problems and on operational efficiencies, research suggests.

Our take

Moving Beyond the EHR to Leverage New Health IT Opportunities

Things change quickly in health IT; if you’re not ahead of the curve you could quickly lag behind. Early EHR adopters are now well positioned, and well-schooled, in how to best adapt these systems to meet their needs and moving on to new areas of focus designed to help them maximize the data they’ve been collecting. Are your health IT decisions keeping pace with these trends?

Cloud implementation, analytics and security appear to be the emerging areas of focus for health IT investment this survey suggests. If your hospital is still working out the kinks of an EHR implementation, including effective staff utilization, it may be time to up the game so you can shift your focus to how technology can help you get to the next level of efficiency and effectiveness.