2017 Outlook on Practice Management Purchase Intent

HIMSS Analytics    2 months ago

The most recent Essentials Brief examined Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) in the outpatient market. Some interesting insights were gleaned from the study, highlighting potential market opportunities with regards to EHR replacement technologies and expanded use of patient portals. 

Market Opportunity: PM Purchase Intentions

Study respondents were asked about their upcoming plans to either: "purchase net new, replace or upgrade [their] current outpatient PM solution within the next two years?"

Plans to replace current PM & EHR solutions increased year over year primarily in the free-standing outpatient market. This could signal the beginning of larger a replacement market.

11.7% of respondents to the 2017 Essentials Brief: Outpatient PM & EHR Study indicated they have "plans to replace a current solution"

compared to 

4.3% of respondents to the 2016 Essentials Brief: Outpatient PM & EHR Study indicated they have "plans to replace a current solution"

Strategic Plans: Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIAs)

Study respondents were questioned on: "which technologies or models of care do you feel your practice needs to implement to address CPIAs?"

Expansion of the patient portal was selected as the technology most felt they would need to implement to address CPIAs, surpassing health information exchange as the top technology in 2016.

44.1% of respondents to the 2017 Essentials Brief: Outpatient PM & EHR Study selected "expanded patient portal as the technology to implement to address CPIA"

compared to

34.2% of respondents to the 2016 Essentials Brief: Outpatient PM & EHR Study selected "expanded patient portal as the technology to implement to address CPIA"

These growth areas demonstrate increased attention to patient portals and more emphasis placed on EHR replacement plans moving forward. That is just the tip of the iceberg, the full Essentials Brief contains many other insights on health IT implementations in the outpatient market. 

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