Cost Reduction for Innovation Initiatives Ranks as Top Priority for Healthcare Providers

CHICAGO (January 31, 2014) – Going beyond implementation of the electronic health record, healthcare providers increasingly look to innovation in order to reduce costs, improve patient care and increase patient safety. To learn more about how hospitals and health systems plan for, resource, and execute on their innovation agendas, HIMSS and AVIA launched the 2013 Healthcare Provider Innovation Survey.

HIMSS and AVIA collaborated to produce the 2013 Healthcare Provider Innovation Survey, which was conducted by email from Aug. 20 to Sept. 30, 2013, with select U.S. hospitals, academic medical centers, children’s and ambulatory care centers to understand the current state of innovation within provider organizations. By analyzing the data collected from the 92 participants, HIMSS and AVIA determined the top barriers to innovation. The data is not necessarily meant to be representative of the market, but rather, facilitate dialogue about what the market is doing to determine the top barriers to innovation and other findings as reported in the results.

“Collaborating with HIMSS on this survey has given us tremendous insight into the rapidly expanding needs of healthcare providers,” noted Eric Langshur, AVIA CEO. “The future of healthcare will be greatly influenced by providers’ ability to harness the latest technologies to positively impact their patients – and their bottom line. We’re thrilled to help facilitate this learning.”

The survey’s Executive Summaryprovides a detailed overview of results, including these highlights: 

  • Cost reduction is the focal point of innovation initiatives.  Almost 65 percent of respondents ranked this as their top innovation priority.
  • Dedicated funding for innovation exists, but amounts remain modest and sources of funding are diverse.  According to survey results, 67 percent of providers reported their annual innovation budgets total under $2 million.
  • Providers are making progress implementing innovative solutions specifically in areas of high importance.  These include: population health management, patient follow-up, predictive analytics, clinical decision support and care coordination.
  • Significant risks of inefficiency and redundancy exist; 65 percent of respondents shared that communication among internal staff is the dominant source for information regarding healthcare innovation.


  • As the slide above indicates, chief innovation officers are not yet mainstream roles within hospitals and health systems. However, 64 percent of provider organizations with annual revenues of more than $5 billion reported having a Chief Innovation Officer.


In addition, review the survey infographic for a visual summary of the results.

“As shown by the survey results, innovation through IT offers opportunities to improve patient care. Successful innovation in health IT calls for integrating structure, efficiency and scale both within and across care delivery settings,’” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS. 

Smith noted that results from the 2013 Healthcare Provider Survey will be presented throughout education sessions at the National Healthcare Innovation Summit. Organized by HIMSS, hosted by AVIA and in alliance with NEHI, the Summit will be held May 13-15 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.  Content at the Summit will focus on reducing costs and advancing the Triple Aim with the overall goal to transform healthcare.

For more information on the survey results and on innovation:




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.


About AVIA

AVIA is a provider-formed innovation accelerator that helps its members identify, select and deploy the best emerging IT-enabled solutions to drive growth, improve operating efficiency and compete on value.

AVIA streamlines collaboration between providers and entrepreneurs to accelerate impact while mitigating risk. AVIA also co-invests in companies and solutions chosen by their members, based on market need and strategic fit. For more information, please visit: http://aviahealthinnovation.com.


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