Today at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, HIMSS released the results of the 27thAnnual HIMSS Leadership Survey of 282 IT executives and professionals. The survey covers a variety of topics designed to capture responses to fixed longitudinal challenges facing health IT leaders as well as dynamic time-specific concerns.
Here are 4 key findings from the survey:
1. 95 percent of IT leaders view health IT as a strategically critical tool to help healthcare organizations be successful especially surrounding their patient care focused efforts.
o Clinical integration – 73.8%
o Primary care provider efficiency – 72.3%
o Mandated quality metrics improvement – 68.4%
o Care coordination – 67.4%
2. The criticality of health IT to patient focused initiatives suggests there is a need to better understand the role and impact of clinical IT executives.
o 71 percent of all respondents indicated their organization employs a clinical IT leader, such as a Chief Medical Information Officer of Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
3. Leaders working for an organization with a clinical IT executive tended to place a substantially higher importance of health IT than their counterparts in a variety of areas, but most notable care coordination, post-acute care management and use of evidence based medicine.
4. Many healthcare organizations employing clinical IT executives include them in the overall executive team… but this is far from being universally true.
o 71 percent of respondents working for an organization with a CNIO on staff indicated that this individual was part of the executive team
o 59 percent of respondents working for an organization with a CMIO on staff indicated that the individual was part of the executive team
To download the complete HIMSS report, visit: http://www.himss.org/2015-