Impact Insights

Week in Review 10/17/14

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A new report from KLAS finds that less than half (!) of provider organizations believe their EHR vendor “cooperates well with other vendors.” According to FierceEMR although 82% of responding providers said their organization has been at least “moderately successful” with interoperability, most attributed that success largely to their own internal efforts (and not to their EHR vendor). Overall, only 6% of responding provider organizations reported they have achieved “an advanced state” of interoperability.

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: Interoperability (or lack thereof) is arguably the single biggest barrier to advancement of health IT today. There are many factors involved, including (but not limited to) regulatory, competitive, and privacy-related issues. Until non-affiliated organizations can effectively exchange structured, actionable, patient-specific data from across the care continuum, the potential of initiatives like population health management will be difficult to realize in full.

 

A whopping 96% of hospital IT decision makers say their current infrastructure is “not fully prepared for the evolution” of their EHR, according to a new survey from MeriTalkThe top infrastructure investments being planned by respondents to optimize their EHR are: enhancing security (cited by 47%), improving application performance (38%), investing in cloud technologies (31%), and modernizing backup and recovery infrastructure (31%).

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: Given that hackers are increasingly targeting hospitals and health systems, it is encouraging to see planned investment in IT security so high on the list.  Granted, this is only one survey with a fairly small n (151), but we fully expect spending on infrastructure optimization, especially related to protecting patient data, to be a key priority for many of our clients in the next few years.

 

Becker’s Hospital Review has published a fantastic “ACO Manifesto: 75 things to know about accountable care organizations.” The compilation of ACO facts and tidbits is comprehensive, covering accountable care basics, recent stats on ACO growth, and nuances and details on current programs.

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: Whether you are specifically looking for the latest numbers and data or just trying to learn more about the ACO concept, this list is an absolute must for the bookmarks folder. Highly recommended reading.