Health Information Technology: Are Long Term Care Providers Ready?

Health Management Strategies

This report explores the readiness for health information technology (HIT) from the perspective of long term care providers: nursing facilities, residential care facilities, and community-based service providers.

April 2007

This report explores the readiness for health information technology (HIT) from the perspective of California's long term care providers: nursing facilities, residential care facilities, and community-based service providers. Four questions are examined to better understand provider readiness or level of preparedness for HIT:

  1. Where do providers think HIT has the most promise to improve care delivery?
  2. What is the state of HIT in long term care?
  3. How ready are providers to invest, implement, and effectively use HIT?
  4. What should providers, policymakers, and community leaders consider as they develop plans to support HIT adoption and use in long term care?

The findings show that the realities of the long term care environment must be taken into account in planning and that they must be addressed during implementation if HIT adoption and use are to be successful. Several next steps are put forth to address identified barriers, make HIT a priority, and increase provider perception of HIT benefits over costs.

The complete report is available under Document Downloads.