Although a majority of doctors said they believe health IT will improve long-term care quality, most said they think health IT will increase costs, according to a Deloitte Center for Health Solutions study, FierceHealthIT reports.
The study found that 73% of physicians said they believe health IT will improve health care quality in the long term. Less-tenured physicians were more optimistic about health IT's potential to boost care quality, with 81% of physicians who have practiced for 10 or fewer years saying they believe health IT would improve quality in the long term.
The survey also found that 80% of doctors in practices with at least 10 physicians said they think health IT will improve care quality, compared with 73% of doctors in smaller practices.
However, 71% of physicians said they believe that health IT will increase care costs.
Solo practitioners were more skeptical about health IT's ability to cut costs, with 81% saying they believe it will increase costs (Bird, FierceHealthIT, 9/18).