Managing Patient Data, EHR Systems Cited as Top Health IT Priority

TOPIC ALERT:

The majority of surveyed health care organizations say that managing patient data or electronic health record systems is their top health IT-related priority this year, according to a new report from InformationWeek Analytics, InformationWeek reports (Kolbasuk McGee, InformationWeek, 3/19).

Survey Details

For the report, InformationWeek Analytics conducted an online survey of business-technology officials in the North American health care industry, including those working at physician practices, hospitals, health plans, health centers, life science companies and pharmacies.

The report reflects responses from 579 participants (InformationWeek Analytics survey, 3/18).

Key Findings

The survey found that 64% of respondents said that managing patient data or EHR systems is their top health IT-related priority this year.

The report also found that:

  • 61% of respondents said that meeting regulatory requirements is a health IT priority for 2012, compared with 60% in 2011;
  • 45% said that reducing costs is a health IT priority this year, compared with 43% last year; and
  • 44% said that improving care is a health IT priority this year, the same rate as last year.

The report also found that the top three health IT projects that respondents have completed or expect to complete in the next 24 months are those related to:

  • EHRs;
  • Computerized provider order entry systems; and
  • Electronic prescribing (InformationWeek, 3/19).

to share your thoughts on this article.