Electronic healthcare initiatives have made headway over the past several years, but health information technology remains an undervalued tool, a new report concludes. The National Progress Report on eHealth, 2010, released by the not-for-profit, Washington-based eHealth Initiative, found that significant progress in health IT has been made over the past three years. The eHealth Initiative conducted an informal online survey of healthcare systems, hospitals and healthcare organizations. More than 60% of the more than 500 respondents agreed that substantial progress has been made in the successful adoption and use of IT over the past three years. Nearly 55% of the respondents, though, indicated that the value of health IT isn't clearly understood. Additionally, approximately two-thirds of respondents said they're skeptical of the effectiveness of outreach initiatives to educate consumers about the value of electronic health records and health IT.
Late News: Health IT still undervalued tool, eHealth report states
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