HIMSS Leadership, Analytics Surveys Pinpoint IT Challenges

February 25, 2014 in News

Sustaining financial viability and achieving meaningful use are among the top goals of health care IT executives, according to a Leadership Survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Healthcare Informatics reports (Hagland, Healthcare Informatics, 2/24).

For the report, HIMSS surveyed nearly 300 CIOs and other health care IT executives (Baum, MedCity News, 2/25).

Leadership Survey Findings

When asked about the most important business objectives for organizations in the coming year:

  • 25% of respondents cited sustaining financial viability, up from 21% who did so last year;
  • 16% cited improving operational efficiency, compared with 17% last year;
  • 14% cited improving care quality, compared with 19% last year;
  • 14% cited attaining meaningful use, compared with 15% last year; and
  • 10% cited increasing market share, compared with 9% last year.

The report found that a majority of respondents’ organizations already had attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use or planned to do so by the end of 2014. Specifically, the report found that:

  • 71% of respondents expected to attest to Stage 2 by the end of 2014;
  • 19% expected to attest to Stage 2 by 2015; and
  • 2% expected to attest to Stage 2 at a later date (Healthcare Informatics, 2/24).

About 92% of respondents said their organizations will transition to ICD-10 by Oct. 1 (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 2/25).

In addition, the survey found that:

  • 3% of respondents are spending “no additional funds” on meaningful use implementation;
  • 15% are spending less than $250,000;
  • 15% are spending between $500,000 and $999,999;
  • 9% are spending between $1 million and $2 million;
  • 4% are spending between $3 million and $4 million; and
  • 1% are spending between $5 million and $9 million.

Respondents also noted some barriers to health IT adoption, including:

  • Lack of financial ability to do so, which was cited by 19% of respondents;
  • Lack of an adequate number of staff, cited by 18% of respondents; and
  • Vendors’ inability to deliver products, cited by 13% of respondents (Healthcare Informatics, 2/24).

HIMSS Analytics Report Released

In related news, the recently released HIMSS Analytics report finds that “managing the exponential proliferation of data” will be the next “monster” undertaking for health IT leaders (HIMSS Analytics report, February 2014).

The report was based on a survey of about 150 health IT executives at randomly selected U.S. hospitals (Gold, FierceHealthIT, 2/23). 

Researchers found that about 75% of clinical data at most hospitals are stored for immediate access, which reduces cost effectiveness. According to the Worcester Business Journal, just 30% of such data are accessed within 18 months, indicating that the information could be moved to an alternate storage method.

In addition, the report found that 52% of hospitals have a data-archiving strategy. However, 31% do not have a way to recover data in case of a disaster, and about 42% of hospitals do not have a data-retention policy (Worcester Business Journal, 2/24).

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