Hospitals and healthcare provider networks are getting hit even harder with budget concerns in the current economic climate according to a new study by Falls Church, Va.-based CSC.
The study cites a recent CEO survey by the Washington-based American Hospital Association which found that donations, grants and other non-operating income — which often pays for new equipment and information technology (IT) — fell from a surplus of $396 million at the end of 2007 to a deficit of $896 million at the end of last year. The study says this drop in funding is having an adverse effect on IT budgets.
CSC found that 38 percent of hospital CEOs have delayed or deferred IT projects that were already underway, and 55 percent were delaying or deferring upcoming projects.
The report, which also offers tips for doing more with less, is available online at: www.csc.com/health_services/insights/24658-getting_value_from_it.