US physicians rate medical informatics usefulness lower than other countries, says survey

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According to the results of a recent survey by Accenture, physicians in the U.S. value the usefulness of clinical informatics systems and other healthcare IT less than doctors in other countries, reports Healthcare IT News.

The survey polled more than 3,700 physicians from eight countries. Key findings of the study suggested that the U.S. had the lowest number of physicians who believed that medical informatics technology and other healthcare IT advances made a significant impact on diagnostic decisions, improving access to facilities and reducing unnecessary procedures.

Approximately 45 percent of U.S. healthcare professionals stated that medical informatics systems improved diagnostic decision processes, compared to 61 percent observed in other countries participating in the study.

Overall, 47 percent of physicians in the U.S. reported that healthcare IT improved patient treatment decisions, compared to 61 percent globally. Around 45 percent of American doctors indicated that patient outcomes were improved by clinical informatics systems and similar technology, compared to a global average of 59 percent.

“The survey shows that more needs to be done to bridge the disconnect between physician perceptions and the U.S. federal government’s goal of increasing the adoption of meaningful use standards,” Rick Ratliff, the global lead for Accenture Connected Health Services, told the news source. “The challenge is to encourage behavioral change across the healthcare system through education and ongoing communication, helping physicians to embrace greater use of healthcare IT to demonstrate the value of connected health.”

Despite the results of the survey, many healthcare facilities across the country have made the adoption of medical informatics systems a priority. According to Information Week, a recent report by IDC Health Insights suggests that implementation of clinical informatics technology will reach 80 percent by 2016.