The cover story of the latest Business Week is The Digital Hospital. Combined with the deal that the Governor recently cut with HHS Secretary Leavitt that includes support of the State's plan to throw $500 to $750 million at hospital information technology, one would expect hospital execs to be preparing to jump into the fray.
But not all ...
A colleague and I were on a conference call recently about improving care for Medicaid clients while controlling expenditures. This was in New York, which has been talking about funding huge hospital IT investments.
The call included a pair of hospital CEOs.
When we mentioned the potential of using information technology to help improve care and efficiecy, one of the CEOs responded with:
Not in my lifetime ... or three lifetimes. It's not going to happen
We were surprised at the totality of the dismissal especially given today's environment. With that attitude it certainly won't happen in their hospitals. But that doesn't mean it isn't happening elsewhere.