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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Brutal Facts—$ HIT Initial & Ongoing Costs is Adoption Barrier for Hospitals

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Screen shot of a bar graph displaying: Hospitals continued to report cost as greatest barrier to IT adoption

Percent of hospitals indicating barrier is a "significant barrier" or "somewhat of a barrier"

Barrier level Significant barrier Somewhat of a barrier
Survey year 2006 2005 2006 2005
Initial costs 54% 59% 40% 36%
Ongoing costs 32% 33% 55% 54%
Interoperability with current systems 27% 25% 52% 52%
Acceptance by clinical staff 23% 24% 59% 58%
Availability of well-trained IT staff 16% 15% 51% 49%
Inability of technology to meet needs 11% 12% 51% 48%

Source: American Hospital Association. (2007). Continued progress: Hospital use of information technology. Washington, DC: Author, p. 15.


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