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Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of respondents to a HIMSS Media survey cite interoperability, health information exchange, and data integration as the areas of healthcare most in need of technology innovation.
Connected health and telehealth were tied with patient experience for second on the list of needed tech innovation priorities at 52 percent each, followed by electronic health records (EHRs) and “data analytics, clinical and business intelligence,” both at 49 percent.
Healthcare professionals are making it clear that they believe the ability to share and leverage patient and other data is the key to enabling longer-term healthcare goals and areas of focus such as chronic disease management (48 percent), precision medicine (38 percent), imaging solutions (24 percent), and revenue cycle management (22 percent), among others.
HIMSS Media also asked healthcare professionals to identify the biggest obstacles to technology innovation. Not surprisingly, “lack of available budget” topped the list at 54 percent, followed by regulatory burden (48 percent), a slow technology adoption rate (43 percent), lack of a unified strategy/vision for innovation (43 percent), lack of clear ROI (41 percent), and security concerns (41 percent).
If you’re interested in the current state of healthcare innovation and what to expect in the future, HIMSS is devoting the month of September to exploring these topics in-depth by sharing new and recent articles on efforts to use technology innovation to improve the patient experience.
HIMSS also will host a webinar on September 28 at 2 p.m. in which HIMSS subject matter experts will share their insights on technology innovation and digital health. Readers can register here.