Recent Surveys and Reports Released


Here are some recent reports and surveys that have been published focusing on health IT adoption. Accumulated data come from global and domestic data.

PwC’s Health Research Institute Issues Report Shows Next Few Years Will be Crucial for Health Systems to Implement Consumer Friendly Technology
PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) released a new report and survey that reveals a shift in how clinicians view the role of digital technology in improving patient health, and that caregivers and consumers increasingly share similar views on the value of digital technology.

2014 ICD-10 Survey Results Overview
In May and June of 2014, with the support of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), eHealth Initiative conducted a survey of healthcare organizations to assess the anticipated impact of the transition to ICD-10. Specific areas of focus included readiness for testing and implementation, anticipated financial, clinical, and operational impacts of the transition, and the strategic implications of an expanded code set.

2014 eHI Data Exchange Survey Key Findings
eHealth Initiative has tracked the growth and progress of healthcare data exchange efforts across the US since 2004. Results from the 2014 Annual Survey on Data Exchange are now available. This report details key findings from the 2014 survey, including ongoing difficulties with interoperability, the growing maturity of data exchange, and perceptions of the expiring State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program

Analytics Outweighs Accountable Care, Population Health, ICD-10 as an IT Priority, say Health System Execs
Most experts agree that value-based care will require hospitals to use sophisticated analytics to comb through terabytes of clinical and financial data to reveal actionable opportunities for improving quality and efficiency. This HealthCatalyst survey’s findings confirm that view, with 54 percent of respondents rating analytics as their highest IT priority, followed by investments in population health initiatives (42 percent), ICD-10 (30 percent), accountable care/shared risk initiatives (29 percent), and consolidation-related investments (11 percent). In addition, we asked which initiatives were the most important drivers of analytics, with population health surfacing as the top driver, and we asked the biggest obstacle for implementing analytics, with a lack of analytics expertise and resource ended up being first.

Patient-Physician Report: Docs Willing to Share Medical Practice with Patients? Sort Of
This WebMD/Medscape exclusive survey reveals a mix of harmony and discord on patient involvement in digital healthcare. See where patients and physicians disagree.

AHRQ Study Shows Indication Alerts at CPOE Can Intercept Medication Errors
Using alerts for computerized physician order entry (CPOE)-prescribed medications without a corresponding coded indication, AHRQ-funded researchers found the alerts intercepted sound-alike medication errors. In a six-year retrospective study of medication orders placed using CPOE, the researchers found that 176 drug name confusion cases were intercepted out of 127,458 alerts. The authors stated that “institutions with CPOE should consider implementing indication prompts both to improve the quality of problem lists and to prevent drug name confusion errors and wrong patient errors.” The study and abstract, titled “Indication Alerts Intercept Drug Name Confusion Errors During Computerized Entry of Medication Orders,” appeared July 15 in PLOS ONE.

See previously posted reports and surveys on the next pages.