Most health IT apps display ‘muted’ growth, others flying high

October 17, 2013 in Medical Technology

Their lengthy to-do lists now have more docs resorting to the controversial EHR copy and pasting.

“Physicians want to tell a story about the patient; they don’t want to just take from drop down menus, but if they’re forced to do it, they’ll start copy and pasting because that’s the only way they can keep their productivity,” added Fritsch. 

 

The HIMSS Analytics report also highlights nine “saturated” applications, which have been implemented by at least 75 percent of U.S. hospitals. Practice management applications top the list, with a 97 percent market penetration rate. Abstracting (95 percent); home health administrative (96 percent); encoding (96 percent); chart tracking (90 percent) and dictation (90 percent) are close contenders. 

 

[See also: Health IT spending flying high, survey says.]

 

“The support applications profiled in this report can be categorized as standard business tools with an already high market penetration, so it’s great to see that such advanced technologies like virtualization software and dictation with speech recognition are emerging as top support services with high growth potential,” said HIMSS Analytics Senior Director of Research Jennifer Horowitz, in an Oct. 16 statement. 

 

Overall, report findings underscore low growth markets for more than two-thirds of the 22 health IT applications. Applications falling under the muted growth category, or those that have a growth rate of less than 10 percent, include encryption, firewall, interface engines and spam filters. 

 








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