Larger healthcare facilities more likely to adopt medical informatics systems, says report

A new report indicates that the larger a healthcare facility is, the more likely it is to have implemented a clinical informatics system, according to Healthcare IT News.

The study, titled “Physician Office Usage of Electronic Health Records Software,” was commissioned by SK&A, a healthcare information and research organization. The report states that there is a direct correlation between increases in the number of practicing physicians and clinical informatics adoption. More than 237,500 medical facilities were polled as part of the survey.

“This update of the ‘Physician Office Usage of Electronic Health Records Software’ report illustrates a significant, timely opportunity to reach out to and educate decision makers in smaller physician offices on the benefits of adopting [medical informatics systems],” Dave Escalante, vice president of SK&A, told the news source. “The insights available in this report will guide healthcare IT solution vendors and consultants directly to this untapped segment of the market.”

Key findings of the report claim that in facilities with one examination room, adoption of clinical informatics systems was at 28 percent. Sites with more than 11 exam rooms had more than 64 percent implementation rates.

The report also indicates that 30 percent of facilities that had adopted a clinical informatics network had one practicing physician, whereas offices with more than 26 doctors reported more than 75 percent implementation rates.

Despite these figures, other studies indicate that hospitals are progressing more slowly than anticipated in terms of attesting to meaningful use status. According to a recent report by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, only 26 percent of member chief information officers claimed that their facilities had attested to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ meaningful use federal financial incentives.

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