Impact Insights

Week in Review 11/21/14

The Scottsdale Institute has published Information Requirements for the Competitive Marketplace, a report based on the 2014 SI CIO Summit. Written by Impact Advisors’ very own Tonya Edwards, the report highlights themes discussed at the recent Summit, and includes specific strategies from participating CIOs on how they are tackling consumerism, information security, preparations for value-based payment, and the changing role of the CIO in a rapidly evolving market. According to the report, “although their organizations are quite diverse, the challenges they face in today’s market place are not. Throughout the day there was surprising consensus around the most pressing or difficult challenges they face.”

Scottsdale report

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: The report is great, offering a unique insight into how eight CIOs from some of the leading health systems in the country are thinking about today’s biggest IT challenges. Tonya (as usual) did a fantastic job! Highly recommended reading for all our readers.


A new study from HIMSS Analytics finds “room for improvement” when it comes to patient portals. Specifically, the study found that healthcare IT executives do not have “a high level of passion for their organization’s current [patient portal] solution.” According to Healthcare Informatics, even though adoption of patient portals is increasing due to the MU Stage 2 “view, download, transmit” measure, many responding IT executives were still not convinced of the benefits of patient engagement, especially the Stage 2 measure (which requires 5% of patients to actually view, download, or transmit their electronic health information).

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: We don’t have access to the raw data, but the high level findings as reported do not come as huge surprise. Given the time-intensive requirements of Stage 2, for many organizations patient engagement is (unfortunately) more of a “box to check” than an integral part of the overall IT strategy right now.


A new Harris Poll finds that many Americans are interested in using mobile devices to monitor their health. Close to half (48%) of all respondents were either “extremely” or “very” interested in being able to check their blood pressure on their tablet or mobile device, and almost as many (47%) were extremely or very interested in being able to monitor their heartbeat for irregularities. Health and age of respondents played an important factor in preference though. For example, 57% of diabetics were extremely or very interested in checking their glucose level on a mobile device, compared with only 39% of all respondents. Similarly, 57% of 18-37 year olds surveyed were extremely or very interested in apps that track physical activity; more than 20 percentage points higher than the Baby Boomers surveyed (35%).

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: Although studies (such as the one earlier from HIMSS Analytics) suggest increasing provider frustration with patient engagement solutions (especially as it relates to Meaningful Use), surveys like this one are a good reminder that there is at least the potential for some success in today’s market, particularly if the right subset of patients is targeted with the right technologies and services.