Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Health IT Boosts Care but Requires More Investment: CDW

Horowitz, Brian T. "Health IT Boosts Care but Requires More Investment: CDW.", March 16, 2012.  

From the press release: "The research, called "Healthcare IT Tipping Point Report," found that 84 percent of caregivers believe health care IT improves the care of patients.

For the survey, CDW interviewed 200 health care IT professionals and 202 caregivers—doctors and nurses—at large hospitals between Jan. 9 and Jan. 23. The company announced the results March 6.
About 40 percent of caregivers said health care IT gives them more time to spend with patients.  

"With well-conceived and supported health care IT, caregivers spend less time accessing and verifying information and more time using that information," Bob Rossi, vice president of CDW Healthcare, told eWEEK in an email. "Moreover, new endpoint systems put tools and information within reach of the caregiver while they are with the patient—proximity is a big advantage in utilization." 

In the survey, 85 percent of doctors and nurses believed that the information gleaned from health care IT applications would lead to better patient care, while 72 percent thought technology would make care more accurate.

Meanwhile, 68 percent of caregivers interviewed believed IT workflows could help them follow up with patients.

Despite the prospects for patient care, the report exposed some challenges for IT in health care as far as networking, storage and computing, according to Rossi." Read more

See Also
CDW Healthcare IT Tipping Point Report, CDW, March 6, 2012.