Doctors say they want hospital help with IT

October 13, 2006

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.