EHR upgrades can be difficult for long-term care facilities

By Healthcare Facilities Today
March 12, 2014

A recent study by LeadingAge, an advocacy group for aging services organizations, showed that while technology adoption is slightly higher (75 percent) in long-term care facilities than in other healthcare markets, those results may be overly optimistic because the groups represented in the study are “pioneering providers and trend setters” in the industry, according to Majd Alwan, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies.

According to an article on the Healthcare Financial News website, financial concerns are a big barrier for many organizations. Upgrades are very expensive and there is little return on the investment.

Hospitals and insurers are the ones who will benefit if readmissions are reduced, Alwan said. And while bundled payment models are becoming a part of the long-term care community, just a few of the organizations are taking part in them.

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