News | March 10, 2008

Executives Say Clinton is Best for Healthcare, But Most Will Not Vote for Her

March 11, 2008 – According to more than 600 healthcare executives who were polled at HIMSS in Orlando, FL, Hillary Clinton would be the best presidential candidate to most positively impact the healthcare industry, but when also asked which candidate they would vote for on election day, Clinton ranked third among the four remaining candidates.

“We felt it was important to poll this select group of people, individuals who truly understand the issues and challenges facing the healthcare industry today, as to which presidential candidate they feel would have the greatest impact on healthcare,” said Ralph Fargnoli, president and CEO of Beacon Partners, the company that administered the “Beacon Partners 2008 Presidential Healthcare Poll” onsite at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition that ended Feb. 28. “We find it fascinating that while they think Hillary will have the greatest impact on healthcare as president, these same individuals wouldn’t necessarily vote for her.”

Choosing from the current presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton (D), Barack Obama (D), John McCain (R), or Mike Huckabee (R), healthcare executives attending HIMSS were asked via an electronic survey the following questions. The responses follow each question.

1. Which candidate do you believe will be the biggest advocate for healthcare IT adoption? Hillary Clinton 43.2 percent, Barack Obama 30.1 percent, Mike Huckabee 6 percent, and John McCain 20.7 percent.

2. Which candidate do you believe will have the most impact on empowering providers to deliver the best possible healthcare through the use of healthcare IT? Hillary Clinton 34.2 percent, Barack Obama 33.8 percent, Mike Huckabee 5.6 percent, and John McCain 26.4 percent.

3. Which candidate do you believe has the best plan to improve healthcare quality and reduce healthcare costs? Hillary Clinton 32.1 percent, Barack Obama 32.9 percent, Mike Huckabee 6.3 percent, and John McCain 28.7 percent.

4. If today were Election Day, which candidate would you vote for? Hillary Clinton 23.8 percent, Barack Obama 34.4 percent, Mike Huckabee 6.3 percent, and John McCain 35.6 percent.

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