Studies, Surveys and Reports: What Can We Learn?

Our monthly roundup of surveys and reports from around the industry. We found interesting information that continues to give a glimpse into where we are going in healthcare.

State of Healthcare Report: Uncovering Healthcare Barriers and Opportunities
In the 2021 State of Healthcare Report, HIMSS (@HIMSS) and its Trust partners—Accenture, The Chartis Group and ZS—uncover healthcare barriers and offer key takeaways on current trends, opportunities and insights to drive real progress. A phased approach was leveraged to develop the report. HIMSS conducted a series of 12 qualitative interviews with subject matter experts from across the health ecosystem to identify the most pressing challenges faced today. Three of the highest priority areas—digital health, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and financial health—were then used by the Trust partners as the starting point to design the quantitative approach.

Dosis Survey: Large Majority of Patients Confident About Personalized Medicine
Research from health technology pioneer Dosis (@dosisinc) suggests that a large majority (85%) of people believe personalized medicine can enhance care delivery. Dosis, a personalized dosing platform focused on chronic disease management, surveyed more than 1,000 people, and found that nearly 80% of respondents think personalized medicine should become the standard of care for everyone.

Nearly One in Four People Say Their Medications are Not Routinely Reviewed and Evaluated by Their Medical Team
The Get the Medications Right™ (GTMRx) Institute (@GTMRxInstitute) is sharing the results of a new survey that assesses the medication management habits and needs of over 1,000 people. Among the findings, nearly one quarter of people surveyed cited that their medications are not routinely reviewed and evaluated by their medical team—a shocking fact, given that one-third are taking four or more medications and/or supplements per day. Additionally, the survey found that nearly one in five people are being prescribed medication from three or more doctors in the past year, leaving even more room for error. With 50% of health care leaders recently citing lack of communication between prescribers and pharmacists as the biggest issue in medication management right now, the results are validating for the many experts who believe now is the time for serious medication management reform.

Kaufman Hall Report (@KaufmanHall) – National Hospital Flash Summary
July 2021: June was a mixed month for the nation’s hospitals and health systems. While key performance metrics continued to improve compared to poor performance seen in the early months of the pandemic in 2020, margins and volumes remained below pre-pandemic levels from 2019, not including federal CARES Act funding. At the same time, expenses rose above 2019 levels and revenues surpassed both 2019 and 2020 performance.

Common Drugs Associated with Increased Risk for Cardiac Arrhythmia and Sudden Death in Elderly Patients
Certain types of common antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-nausea and anti-platelet drugs are associated with an increased risk of cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death in older patients, according to a study of Medicare claims data authored by researchers from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and FDB (First Databank, Inc.) (@FDB_US), a provider of drug and medical device knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise decisions.

Perspectives from CIOs: Results from Online 2021 IT Priorities Survey
What’s changed for healthcare technology leaders recently? What pain points are keeping CIOs up at night? What hinders day-to-day operations the most? CereCore (@CereCore) conducted an online survey of healthcare executives, all College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) members, asking them six questions about their 2021 IT priorities.

Cybersecurity Fears May Stall COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Card Adoption in the US and UK, Identity Theft and Fake Cards Top List of Concerns
Anomali (@Anomali), an intelligence-driven cybersecurity solutions company, announced availability of its latest survey conducted by The Harris Poll. The study, which gathered responses from more than 2,000 adults 18 and older in the United States and more than 1,000 adults 18 and over in the United Kingdom, reveals that more than three-quarters of American and British adults have cybersecurity fears around the use of COVID-19 digital vaccination cards. Additional findings showed which entities respondents believe are responsible for protecting them against cyberattacks and who they believe the most likely culprits will be.