In order to gain further insight into the future of healthcare IT and the trends driving the industry, Level 3 commissioned a nationwide study of 100 healthcare CIOs and IT executives. Conducted in late 2012 by independent research firm Corona Insights, the findings from the study paint an interesting picture of the priorities and challenges currently facing healthcare providers.
For those of us in the healthcare industry, it’s likely not a surprise that topics such as Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementations, meaningful use mandates, compliance and infrastructure topped the list of 2013 IT priorities, particularly as more and more patient data and medical information is digitized and shared remotely via networks. With the 2015 deadline looming, EHR implementations and all that go along with them – from security to interconnectivity – are primary areas of focus. What may be surprising, however, is that the research reveals relatively minimal uptake of newer technologies, such as cloud computing and mobile-enabled healthcare that bring operational efficiencies, but also security risks to sensitive patient data that must be safeguarded.
The infographic below highlights some of the most compelling findings from the “Future of Healthcare IT” study. For more information about the research findings or methodology, visit our independent study.