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HIMSS Survey Finds Increased Efficiencies in Clinical Staff Quality Performance the Most Frequently Cited Value of an EHR

January 11, 2016


Findings from the 2016 HIMSS Health Information Technology (IT) Value survey found that 88 percent of organizations with advanced EHR environments identified at least one positive outcome from their use of an EHR, with 83 percent reporting benefits in Clinical Staff Quality Performance.

Limited exclusively to hospitals with highly sophisticated EHR environments (e.g. hospital having achieved Stage 6 or 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMRAMSM model and HIMSS Davies winners) the survey identified and profiled patterns in Health IT value experiences leveraging the HIMSS STEPSTM model. The HIMSS STEPSTM model, one of several components in the Health IT Value Suite, is a framework which categorizes health IT value experiences into five general areas: Satisfaction, Treatment/Clinical, Electronic Information/Data, Patient Engagement and Population Management and Savings. While value expressions were registered in all five areas of the STEPSTM model, the findings from this study reveal that treatment/clinical benefits were most common to EHR leading healthcare organizations.

"This survey evaluates the progress the healthcare industry has made in deriving value from their health IT investments" said Pat Wise, Vice President of HIMSS. "The findings illustrate that although many challenges still exist, measuring the impact of the EHR on treatment and clinical areas is happening amongst healthcare innovators. This survey demonstrates that health IT is creating a positive shift within healthcare organizations, one that’s deriving quality care and improved outcomes."

The survey findings reflect the feedback from 52 senior IT leaders representing HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 6 or 7 hospitals and HIMSS Davies winners, during the Summer/Fall 2015.

Download the complete 2016 HIMSS Value Stage Survey and the corresponding infographic.

About HIMSS
HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

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Posted Under: Interoperability & Standards, Electronic Health Record