HIMSS Analytics has published the latest version of its hospital healthcare information technology (HIT) forecasting model to project industry spend from 2014 through 2019. HIMSS Analytics’ forecasting methodology uses IT expense data from the previous reporting year (2013) and projected budget data for the current reporting year (2014) as well as for future years to forecast spending over the next five years (2014 – 2019).
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Over half of US hospitals reported use of smartphones and/or tablet computers at their facilities. 69% of respondents noted that they used apps to access clinical information; however, only 33% reportedly believe they can access most or all of the clinical systems technologies they need via smartphones/tablet computers.
This latest installment in the Revenue Cycle series is an expanded follow-up to the 2013 Inpatient Revenue Cycle study. Key findings include:
- An uptick in the usage of automated revenue cycle patient access solutions between 2013 and 2015,
- Over 70% of study respondents that use patient access solutions do so via hosted, web-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment method for at least one function
- As patient portals are increasingly used to address patient access functionality, portal growth increased 15 percentage points from 2014 to 2015
Unique Voice of Customer (VOC) from over 500 respondents. Year-over-year trending analysis of solution adoption. Despite efforts to tie provider reimbursements to quality metrics and overall cost of care reduction, less than 25% of respondents indicated a defined strategy around Accountable Care.
In addition to data from the HIMSS Analytics® Database and unique insight from healthcare IT executives across the country, this year's Study includes year-over-year comparisons with information from the 2014 U.S. Telemedicine Study. Highlights include:
- An uptick in adoption and increase in familiarity with telemedicine products and services (YOY)
- 70% of respondents reported two-way video/webcam usage, making it the most utilized telemedicine product/solution
- Detailed insight into respondents’ telemedicine/telehealth services five year outlook