Health IT Enables Course for Improved Patient Care

The 26th annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, unveiled at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, reveals that 68% of the survey's 330 respondents believe health IT is successfully improving the health experience Triple Aim: boosting the patient experience, reducing the costs of healthcare and advancing population health outcomes.

The Triple Aim, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, describes a system for optimizing the performance of health systems. About 53% of survey respondents felt that IT was reducing the cost of healthcare and 51% think it is improving population health.

“This year’s survey showed that more than one-third of participants report that their organization was able to demonstrate improvement in all three areas covered in the Triple Aim as a result of their IT use,” said John H. Daniels, vice president, strategic relations for HIMSS. “These numbers are critical as they prove the continued progress healthcare is making as IT integrates with value-based care strategies and the growing influence of the patient in health encounters. It will be important for providers to capitalize on this momentum to ensure improved patient satisfaction as the sector begins the transition from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.”

The survey also examined key trends impacting healthcare as a business, including patient considerations, security concerns, insurance models and policy mandates. This survey revealed that 72% of respondents report that consumer and patient considerations, such as patient engagement, satisfaction and quality of care will have a major impact on their organization’s strategic efforts over the next two years.

Other key findings from the survey, including healthcare leaders' top priorities, are in the infographic below from HIMSS.