Feature | March 06, 2014

Survey of Healthcare Executives Reveals Top Priorities for IT Investments

Philips Healthcare HIMSS Healthcare Leadership Survey Information Technology HIT

March 6, 2014 — Interoperability, mobile connectivity and technologies that drive real-time actionable information at the point of care will be the focus of health information technology (IT) investments in 2014. This is according to the results of a new healthcare leadership survey released by Philips Healthcare. To date, electronic medical records (EMRs) have been the most widely adopted HIT, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reporting EMR reimbursements totaled more than $15.1 million as of June 2013. Preparing to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria, healthcare leaders are looking to expand EMR capabilities to support and improve the quality of care by measuring clinical outcomes and sharing patient information.

The survey of 142 healthcare leaders was conducted by HIMSS Media on behalf of Philips Healthcare and announced at the 2014 annual meeting of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). It aimed to determine how providers are prioritizing technology investment and adoption to address healthcare reform initiatives. Of the 142 respondents, 85 percent represent either standalone hospitals or integrated delivery networks (IDNs). Nearly 40 percent of respondents are in C-level positions, with the predominant position being chief information office, and another 30 percent comprising IT directors and managers.

"EMRs must meaningfully use the information across a hospital's network to improve care and add value for the patient," said Joe Frassica, vice president and chief medical information officer, patient care and monitoring solutions for Philips Healthcare. "One of the major complaints of hospital systems about their EMRs is their inability to access the data that's incorporated into the EMR and use it for meaningful patient intervention."

According to the survey results, 53 percent of respondents selected EMR applications as garnering the lion's share of their healthcare organization's technology purchasing budget. Interfacing and integration applications were selected by 27 percent. Other key findings are summarized below.  

Connectivity and Interoperability

  • A look at the combined top two rankings for technology capabilities that are important considerations for clinical technology purchase decisions reveal a demand for interoperable solutions and EMR augmentation.
  • When asked to identify the relative importance in choosing clinical technologies, EMR interoperability, at 44 percent, was by far the most important consideration for survey respondents.


Mobile Connectivity In and Outside Traditional Care Settings

  • Survey participants reported deploying their IT systems to the following entities to address healthcare reform requirements: physician offices (78 percent), ambulatory surgery centers (47 percent), diagnostic imaging centers (41 percent), urgent care centers (32 percent) and patient homes (30 percent).
  • 51 percent of respondents indicated that their healthcare organization was deploying a new EMR as a new technology to help them meet healthcare reform initiatives.
  • 59 percent and 54 percent identified clinical devices and mobility solutions, respectively, as recent acquisitions targeted to meet compliance.
  • 37 percent of respondents also confirmed their use of other solutions such as home/telehealth technologies to help them coordinate care and meet healthcare reform initiatives.


The findings are titled, "The New Healthcare Enterprise: Leveraging Healthcare IT to Achieve Connected Care, Healthcare Reform."  

For more information: www.philips.com

Related Content

WVU Medicine Deploys Enterprise PACS from ScImage
News | Cardiac PACS| July 24, 2017
ScImage Inc. recently announced West Virginia University Health System has partnered with ScImage to utilize ScImage’s...
TomTec Unveils TomTec Zero Cardiovascular Viewing Software
Technology | Remote Viewing Systems| July 24, 2017
TomTec Zero is the latest addition to the TomTec portfolio. Now every physician reading cardiovascular studies at...
CareSelect Declared Fully Qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism by CMS
News | Clinical Decision Support| July 18, 2017
National Decision Support Company announced the full qualification of its CareSelect Platform as a Qualified Clinical...
CMS Proposes Delaying Clinical Decision Support Documentation to 2019
News | Clinical Decision Support| July 14, 2017 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
In a series of proposed rule changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released July 13, the Centers for...
European Heart Rhythm Association Launches Cardiac Arrest First Responder App
News | Mobile Devices| June 30, 2017
A novel smartphone application has been developed that can direct first responders to cardiac arrest victims more than...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Clinical Decision Support| June 29, 2017
Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals Syst
Innovative Cardiovascular Ultrasound Solutions Showcased at ASE 28th Annual Scientific Sessions
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound| June 01, 2017
June 1, 2017 — More than 50 companies and organizations will display their latest products and services at the Americ
MIM Software Inc. Announces Updates to MIM Encore
Technology | Remote Viewing Systems| May 31, 2017
MIM Software Inc. recently announced significant updates to its MIM Encore solution for viewing nuclear medicine images...
News | Enterprise Imaging| May 25, 2017
At the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), June 1-3 in Pittsburgh, Konica...
Memorial Hospital of Gulfport used a McKesson, Change Healthcare, cardiovascular information system (CVIS) to improve workflow efficiency

Memorial Hospital has increased efficiency using a single cardiovascular information management database. 

Sponsored Content | Case Study | Cardiac PACS| May 23, 2017
Located along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is a nonprofit, 445-bed facility originally est
Overlay Init