According to a survey of hospital chief information officers, the most significant barriers to implementing IT in 2007 were the following:
Lack of financial support (20%)
Lack of staffing resources(16%)
Vendors’ inability to effectively deliver products (15%)
A significant gap exists between what services consumers expect and what they receive from their physicians. Nearly 80% of consumers are interested in gaining access through their doctor to an integrated medical record that combines information about all of their test results, doctor visits and hospital stays.
Three out of four consumers want physicians to provide online services to schedule appointments, exchange e-mail, get test results and access medical records.