ACOs Struggle with Health IT Capabilities

Although accountable care organizations report that health information technology has generally improved their overall performance, they face significant barriers in implementing health IT--cost and interoperability being the biggest hurdles.

A new survey, conducted by eHealth Initiative and Premier Inc., reveals that few ACOs currently participate in health information exchange or perceive seamless HIE to be strategically important.

Preliminary results of the national 2014 survey of ACOs--to date 62 responses have been received--were released during an Aug. 12 eHealth Initiative

. The purpose of the survey was to assess how ACOs in commercial and federal markets are leveraging health IT.

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Source: Health Data Management

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