|Survey: Hospitals Committed to Adopting IT, but Implementation Lags|
The results of a survey released in October by the American Hospital Association (AHA; Chicago) reveals that although hospitals are eager to embrace modern information technology (IT) systems, implementation varies. Level of actual adoption fluctuates as a function of facility size, financial resources, teaching status, location, and whether the facility is a member of a hospital system.
The survey, Forward Momentum: Hospital Use of Information Technology, was conducted in April 2005 using AHA's database of 4895 community hospitals located across the United States. Of the facilities contacted for the survey, 940 (19.2%) responded and were found to represent a good demographic match with the profile of the overall survey sample.