Studies, Surveys and Reports: What Can We Learn?

This month’s roundup of surveys and reports from around the industry includes Rx adherence better with electronic prescriptions, leveraging AI in hospitals, Alzheimer’s and multivitamins, hospital margins continue to drop, physician’s seeing digital health benefits, and more RPM in cardiac care since pandemic.

Empowering Clinicians to Find Alternatives for Improved Medication Adherence
Clinicians using Surescripts Real-Time Prescription Benefit saw prescription pickup rates that were 3.2 percentage points higher than those when Real-Time Prescription Benefit wasn’t used, according to a study published by Surescripts (@Surescripts) that examined more than 34 million new electronic prescriptions sent to two nationwide retail pharmacy chains and one pharmacy software vendor in May 2022.

Survey: Cost-to-Collect Nearly .25% Lower for Hospitals and Health Systems That Leverage Automation in the Revenue Cycle
AKASA™ (@akasahealth), a developer of AI for healthcare operations, released findings from a new survey highlighting how hospitals and health systems that leverage automation in the revenue cycle have a lower cost-to-collect compared to those who don’t use automation.

Alzheimer’s Association Says Multivitamins Can Improve Cognitive Function
The Alzheimer’s Association (@alzassociation) released a study recently about the cognitive benefits of multivitamins. The study highlights: Daily multivitamin-mineral (MVM) supplementation for 3 years improved global cognition, episodic memory, and executive function in older adults. The MVM benefit appeared to be greater for adults with cardiovascular disease.

New data: Hospital Margins Take a Huge Hit
New Syntellis (@Syntellis) Performance Trends data that reveals hospitals took a major hit in July in regards to operating margins due to skyrocketing expenses and waning volumes. The new report from Syntellis shows margins dropped a significant -46.4% last month – the largest year-over-year margin drop since the start of the pandemic.

AMA: Physicians Propelling Health Care’s Digital Transformation
Physicians are increasingly seeing the advantages of digital health solutions since 2016 when the American Medical Association (AMA) (@AmerMedicalAssn) first investigated the motivations, requirements, and uses of digital health technology among physicians. New AMA digital health research released shows increased rates of digital health adoption among physicians, provides deep insight into the essential qualities that physicians expect from digital health technologies, and illustrates changes during the last six years.

Inaccurate and Incomplete Data Delays Specialty Treatment for Patients and is Top Stressor for Health Care Providers
Prescribers of specialty medications identified delays or denied approvals as the most challenging part of their job and determining if a patient’s insurance will cover their prescription was the top challenge specialty pharmacists say they face according to a new Surescripts (@Surescripts) survey.

IntelyCare Research Group: Skilled Nursing After COVID-19
In this study, the IntelyCare (@IntelyCare) Research Group examines the findings of a recent survey of post-acute nursing professionals, covering aspects of their work and working conditions that were impacted by COVID-19 and have not returned to normal. Over a quarter of post-acute caregivers said they had seen more medical mistakes due to low staffing during the pandemic and more than half of those nurses say things have not improved. Their responses show an array of changes that are deeper and longer lasting than many imagine, with consequences for nurses’ professional well-being as well as patient care.

Covid-19 Pandemic Boosts Adoption of Remote Patient Monitoring in Cardiac Rehab, Survey Finds
Vivalink (@Viva_LNK), a provider of digital healthcare solutions, announces the results of its survey of cardiac rehabilitation clinicians and their insights into the current landscape of remote patient monitoring (RPM). As seen in other areas of healthcare where the pandemic drove RPM adoption, the survey identified a rapid increase in RPM adoption in cardiac rehab since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 65% of respondents having started using the technology within the last two years. The survey outlines not only the increase in adoption, but the benefits that cardiac rehab providers are realizing two years into implementing, including how remote care is maintaining access to rehab treatment for vulnerable patients.