Report: Infection Surveillance, Lab Outreach Tools Poised for Growth

July 17, 2014 in News

Health IT tools that aim to help hospitals reduce infections, streamline lab outreach services and improve patient insight are poised for market growth, according to a HIMSS Analytics report released Tuesday, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 7/15).

HIMSS Analytics is the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS Analytics release, 7/15).

Study Details

The report — titled, “Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market, Summer 2014 Edition” — examined 27 clinical applications that are not used in HIMSS’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (Perna, Healthcare Informatics, 7/15).

EMRAM is an eight-stage model — ranging from stages 0 to 7 — used to classify an institution’s level of electronic health record adoption. To receive a Stage 7 EMRAM ranking, a hospital must have a nearly paperless environment, as well as a range of data exchange and interoperability capabilities (iHealthBeat, 5/17/13).

Specifically, the researchers studied clinical applications through five categories:

  • Cardiology and cardiology picture archiving and communications systems;
  • Laboratory;
  • Nursing;
  • Select service lines; and
  • Utilization review (Healthcare Informatics, 7/15).

Report Findings

The report found that the applications with biggest market potential are:

  • Infection surveillance systems;
  • Laboratory outreach services; and
  • Patient acuity applications.

The report noted that those applications have “a maturing market penetration status and an accelerated projected sales volume” (HIMSS Analytics release, 7/15).

HIMSS Analytics Vice President of Market Research Lorren Pettit noted that market growth in infection surveillance tools is particularly likely. He said that hospitals are becoming especially diligent in looking for incidences of infections or complications, as they recognize that both patient complications and readmissions can affect their bottom lines (FierceHealthIT, 7/15).

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