Hospitals in the US are delaying and scaling down on information technology (IT) projects because of the economic crisis, according to a new survey.

The ‘100 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study’ found that many hospitals had a long way to go despite incentives and funding made available through the recent economic stimulus package.

Electronic medication management was one initiative adopted by hospitals that is considered key to improving quality of care, the study found.

The survey is conducted every year by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association in partnership with McKesson Corporation and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

McKesson Provider Technologies president Sunny Sanyal said that hospitals are beginning to reprioritise in the difficult economic times.

“For example, instead of continuing with plans to build a new data centre extension, a hospital now may choose to redirect funds to other technologies,” Sanyal said.