Doctors say they want hospital help with IT

October 13, 2006
Ken Terry
Ken Terry

The author is a former senior editor of <i>Medical Economics</i>.

With the Department of Health and Human Services on the verge of implementing its previously announced exceptions to the Stark rules and the Anti-Kickback Law, a new survey shows that the majority of physicians would welcome help from a hospital in implementing EHRs or e-prescribing systems.

With the Department of Health and Human Services on the verge of implementing its previously announced exceptions to the Stark rules and the Anti-Kickback Law, a new survey shows that the majority of physicians would welcome help from a hospital in implementing EHRs or e-prescribing systems.

Seventy-one percent of doctors said they'd be receptive to this aid, and only 16 percent said they'd reject it. Harris Interactive conducted the survey of 249 primary-care doctors and 179 specialists for McKesson Corp. Three-quarters of the respondents plan to adopt EHRs; 29 percent said they'd do so in the next year, and 91 percent, within the next three years.