As providers gear up to go after government incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records, there's been a nagging fear that vendors won't be able to increase staff and other resources quickly enough to meet demand. That's a legitimate concern, says Charles Christian, director of information systems and CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.

"What others expected, we're already seeing as their resources are strained," he adds. The hospital is implementing practice management and electronic records software, which it will host for owned practices, from Chicago-based Allscripts. The hospital has about 25 physicians in 10 owned practices and expects that to double by next summer.

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