News Release

25th Annual Leadership Survey Demonstrates the Positive Impact of Health IT

February 24, 2014


ORLANDO (February 24, 2014) – Today, at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, HIMSS published the results of the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey, which highlights the journey of health IT over the past 25 years. The Survey examines a wide array of topics crucial to healthcare leaders including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security.

One of the most notable findings from this year’s Survey concerns the perceived impact financial resources are having on IT implementations. While a majority of the survey participants (65 percent) reported IT budget increases – which is likely a contributing factor to the transition to a paperless environment—a lack of adequate financial resources now tops the list of barriers to successful IT implementation. This is a shift from the past two years when the primary IT challenge was insufficient and untrained staffing resources.

As with previous years, this year’s Survey continues to explore the progression of healthcare organizations from paper-based systems to a near paperless environment where medical data is fluidly and securely shared between providers. This year’s respondents suggest that government efforts to encourage providers to adopt health IT initiatives across the country – such as Meaningful Use (MU) – have been successful. For example:

  • Over 90 percent of survey respondents have already qualified for Stage 1 Meaningful Use;
  • Approximately three-quarters expect to qualify for Stage 2 in 2014; and
  • Nearly all respondents expect to complete their conversion to ICD-10 by October 2014.

 “It is refreshing to see how much progress providers have made in the past 25 years when it comes to integrating health IT into their patient care strategies,” said Lorren Pettit, Vice President of Market Research for HIMSS Analytics. “It is clear that healthcare reform initiatives are paying off and we hope that these findings will validate the ROI of health IT so that we may continue down this path of a more cost-effective, efficient healthcare system that engages the patient.”

Additional key findings are listed below. For a visual display of these data points, download the corresponding infographic here.

  • Providers were identified as IT project champions. Two-thirds of respondents reported that they participate in a health information exchange organization (HIO), up from approximately 50 percent in the 2013 survey.
  • Top IT priorities are around Computerized Practitioner Order Entry (CPOE) and physician documentation.
  • Patient portals and other mediums for patients to access information are increasing. Approximately 36 percent of respondents are providing patients with secure, on-line access to clinical patient information, up from 12 percent in 2010.
  • Clinicians play key role in IT adoption. Clinicians are IT project champions and actively participate in the IT system selection process. The number of respondents employing a Chief Nursing Information Office (CNIO) has also doubled in the past year to 15 percent.

The Survey reflects the responses of 298 respondents which were collected December 2013 through January 2014, representing data from more than 650 U.S. hospitals. To access the Survey, please visit: http://bit.ly/1bpTQSE.

 

 

 

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

 HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

For more information, contact:

Victoria Khamsombath/SHIFT Communications

617-779-1859

himss@shiftcomm.com

Media Contact: Joyce Lofstrom jlofstrom@himss.org 312-915-9237

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