Last year, Congress established a rebate through Medicare and Medicaid for hospitals and medical practices to encourage adoption of digital solutions. But healthcare organizations are only half the equation – they need to find the right technology partners to implement solutions. Right now, Congress can give healthcare IT adoption a much-needed shot in the arm. A direct lending program for small IT companies can help them hire new employees and tailor programs for medical practices, particularly smaller groups and solo medical practitioners.

CompTIA’s research shows that the majority of healthcare providers are excited about digital tools such as telemedicine, but that physicians are frustrated by the different electronic systems and multitude of software updates. Making it easier for small IT companies to partner with doctors’ offices helps both physicians and patients realize the benefits of the digital age.

Todd Thibodeaux is president and CEO of CompTIA