The national spending spree on health information technology could run full bore for a few more years, according to participants in this year's Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician Survey of Executive Opinions on Key Information Technology Issues.
Spending on IT for operating and capital expenses are expected to increase substantially in the near term, a majority of survey respondents indicated, and that's no surprise.
The federal government so far has shelled out $11.8 billion in electronic health-record incentive payments under the program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
While more than 3,600 hospitals and nearly 207,000 physicians and other eligible professionals have shared that money, according to the latest CMS figures, that's a bit more than half of the $22.5 billion the feds estimate will be spent ultimately on IT incentives under the stimulus law. So there's a lot of leverage left at HHS to induce even more private-sector health IT outlays, and some of our survey respondents expect to be big spenders, indeed.