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While healthcare organizations have long been aware of the value of health information technology, healthcare reform has been a catalyst for a tsunami of technology implementation.
By encouraging the development of HIT standards, healthcare reform is enabling healthcare organizations to more easily adopt technology. By providing incentives for higher quality and more coordinated care and extending privacy requirements, healthcare reform is encouraging hospitals to consolidate to pool their resources to more easily meet new requirements. Such consolidation, in turn, drives the need for healthcare organizations to simplify and standardize their IT infrastructure. Healthcare reform is also encouraging the development of health information exchanges.