According to a new Deltek report on nationwide health IT spending, many states are investing heavily in healthcare and social service technology in 2013, including budgets for EHR and HIE initiatives. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York topped the list, with a combined budget of more than $1.5 billion. Ohio planned to spend approximately $500 million in 2013, while Pennsylvania reduced its spending by $200 million.
“It is no surprise that state information technology budgets are being given a great deal of funding,” says the blog post detailing the report. “With 2013 just around the corner, state health care and human services agencies continue to focus on meeting a number of forthcoming federal deadlines resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other federal mandates. While the feds continue to churn out guidance and requirements for health insurance exchanges (HIXs), states are battling the important decision of how they will go about HIX implementation, and are weighing the potential financial impact of Medicaid eligibility expansion.”
The states with the smallest health IT budgets included Minnesota, New Hampshire, Montana, Delaware, and Tennessee, with less than $50 million combined. Massachusetts and Maryland increased their budgets significantly from their 2012 rates. Scheduled projects involving social services included business intelligence system overhauls, unemployment insurance benefit systems, and electronic benefits transfer services.