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Barriers in adoption of Health Information Technology

Abstract: Healthcare IT segment presently seeks for improvement in the delivery of care to patients. This can majorly be achieved by means of refined implementation and execution of the services rendered by healthcare providers. However, automating and adopting technology to their existing process does not seem an easy conversion at all. There are constraints that providers are concerned about to be able to willingly adopt healthcare IT. Here we understand and explore some of these reasons.

Improving the management and delivery of care is the current buzz for the Healthcare IT segment. There has been a paradigm shift from healthcare focus to health and wellness focus. A survey conducted by HIMSS showed that the major reasons for not implementing healthcare technology are:

• Lack of capital for investing in technology - Cost has been one of the main diffidence for healthcare providers to adopt technology into their practice. This is also because of the uncertain cost-benefit access and high maintenance cost involved in the use of technology.

• Less staff to adopt the technology - Not many in a practice especially of a healthcare segment would be pro with technology. Their main concern is care of the patient rather than use of systems. Also, there would be limited resources that have the technology expertise in a healthcare industry and find it hard to learn.

• Vendors inability to convince and deliver - With many players in the market it is confusing for the provider to select the right EMR that suits its practice, be it based on technology, pricing, features, certifications, clientele, etc. It is not easy for the vendors to assist in such a decision unless they have familiar and clear with the client requirements and specific practice requirements.

• Absence of standardized data records - With various providers handling different ways and process to document their records, it is essential to have easy interoperability to interface with any new technology.

• Absenteeism of clinicians due to time constraints - From a healthcare provider’s point of view, they are required to directly deal with their patients and lack time to learn new technologies. This proves to be one of the vital reasons for not adopting Health IT.

The findings further shows that there is immense need for training and communication to get everyone on board in the effective adoption of health IT. This would eventually take its due course of action in order to incorporate technology and transform towards automation.


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