In the past, IT was simply considered a functional department within most healthcare facilities. Today, thanks to widespread product innovation and federal drivers like the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), IT is viewed as a key component in the overall strategy of a healthcare delivery organization (HDO). With this in mind, it’s not surprising that a recent study by cloud services provider Peak 10 shows that 67 percent of 157 healthcare leaders surveyed anticipate health IT budgets to increase in the next two years.

As more money is dedicated to technology, much more is expected from these investments as well. It’s not enough for technology solutions to merely digitize information or enable processes; they must play a central role in optimizing productivity, efficiency, revenue and patient outcomes.

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