The health IT landscape has changed fundamentally in the first year since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law. American patients are seeing their doctors make the switch to Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, according to a survey conducted by GfK Roper for Practice Fusion, the fastest growing EHR community in the US. Practice Fusion also found widespread expansion of the health IT sector, demand for an estimated 100,000 new jobs, creation of higher education programs and signs of disruptive innovation, all detailed in a new whitepaper entitled The ARRA Stimulus Plan in Action.
“ARRA’s $19 billion for health information technology has effectively created a black swan. During a deep recession, the health IT sector is booming and how we think about health data is being fundamentally redefined,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “I see the change in the exponential growth of our company. Doctors see it through the availability of innovative new technology. Educators see it through grants and the creation of new health IT courses. Patients see it in their doctor’s office.” [Read more…]