Most Health Care Providers Lack Health IT Roadmaps, Report Finds

May 27, 2015 in News

A majority of health care providers acknowledge that health IT can improve care efficiency, but fewer than half have roadmaps for implementing such technology, according to a Frost Sullivan report released Tuesday, FierceHealthIT reports.

Report Findings

The report found that providers:

  • Face cost barriers to managing various companies that offer connectivity between different communication protocols, devices and workflows; and
  • Have a pressing need for connected devices and health IT solutions to manage their data and qualify for incentive programs, such as meaningful use.

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

In a release, Frost Sullivan health care research analyst Shruthi Parakkal said, “Consequently, even the existing interoperability standards … are not being utilized optimally by many providers.”

However, the report noted that medical device makers offering connectivity functionalities often offer proprietary or closed gateways for connectivity. Because of this, manufacturers of open medical connectivity solutions that are vendor-neutral are seeing increased demand.

Still, the report found that partnerships aimed at sharing data are bolstering medical device connectivity, specifically with advances in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and radio frequency identification technology (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 5/26).

In addition, the report stated that the federal government’s increased focus on interoperability likely will boost development in the health IT and medical device connectivity and interoperability market (Frost Sullivan release, 5/26).

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