The coming 12 months will be the most pressurized ever experienced in health care information management, according to industry experts. With deadlines for electronic health record meaningful use incentives, more regulations and the uncertainty of health care reform yet to come, directors and decision-makers are watching IT and project portfolios closer than ever.

When we looked at the state of HIT, business intelligence and performance management in a supplemental report one year ago, we noticed a few themes that came up consistently among providers. First and foremost was a long-term commitment to electronic health records. Another distinct trend saw many large provider organizations and some smaller ones moving to standardize on multiapplication software platforms to provide as much functionality across departments as possible. Finally, there was an industrywide push to integrate information records systems of large institutions with owned or affiliated care facilities, such as ambulatory care groups and other clinical practices.

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