HIMSS Analytics and The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information releases a new free report that explores health IT purchasing behaviors by hospital tax status
As part of its ongoing mission to help meet the academic and global demand for health information technology data to improve patient care, The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information, managed by the HIMSS Foundation, has made available its 2012 year-end HIMSS Analytics®Database. The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information, long known for its support of universities, U.S. governments (local, state and federal), and governments of other countries interested in the use of HIMSS Analytics data for research purposes, provides a variety of detailed historical data, reports and white papers about IT use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks available free of charge to qualifying individuals and organizations.
The newly released HIMSS Analytics® Database, 2012 edition covers IT use on nearly 5,400 U.S. hospitals and the more than 26,000 ambulatory facilities that are associated with these hospitals. This release expands the current library of databases available through the Dorenfest Institute, including the Dorenfest 3000+ Databases™, the Dorenfest Integrated Healthcare Delivery System Databases™ and previous editions of the HIMSS Analytics® Database. Data is presently available from 1986 through 2012.
“With this new 2012 data released through the HIMSS Foundation, the Dorenfest Institute continues to offer an extensive and valuable online resource for eligible researchers,” said Tom Leary, vice president, government relations, and executive director of the HIMSS Foundation. “Access to this data helps meet the academic and global demand for health IT data to improve patient care.”
This sentiment was echoed by a leading researcher on the use of the EHR in U.S. hospitals. “The HIMSS Analytics data is the most complete, detailed and longest running survey of health systems’ IT capacity. In addition, the metrics used map closely to major public policy initiatives such as the meaningful use stages,” said Eric W. Ford, Ph.D., professor, John Hopkins University.
In addition to the 2012 year end database, HIMSS Analytics released two research reports to the Dorenfest Institute, including a special report analyzing the healthcare information technology buying behaviors of hospitals based on the hospital’s tax status.
The report Hospital Tax Status and HIT Buying Patterns leverages the Dorenfest Institute databases for the years 2010 – 2012, and the 2013 year-end HIMSS Analytics® Database to analyze the health IT acquisition and implementation patterns of U.S. hospitals. These databases contain the annual health IT inventory and buying plans of all U.S. hospitals related to 100+ health IT applications monitored by HIMSS Analytics. Evidence from this study reveals that health IT buying behaviors do vary by hospital tax.
The 2013 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market, is also now available in pdf format on the Dorenfest Institute website. Using trended data from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the report examines technology use at nearly 4,300 U.S. hospitals. Topics examined in the report include capital and operating budgets, as well as the use of key financial and clinical technologies in place at these hospitals. The data is from HIMSS Analytics® Database. The 2005 through 2011 reports are also available on the site.
To access the free hospital data and reports, interested organizations are encouraged to submit an access application by visiting the Dorenfest Institute for Health Information website.