Today I attended a press briefing by HIMSS at the annual conference and exhibition in Orlando, high lighting the results of the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey. The survey examines a wide array of topics including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security.
According to the results of the HIMSS survey, some of the most notable findings from this year’s survey concerns the perceived impact financial resources are having on IT implementations. A majority of the survey participants (65 percent) reported IT budget increases – which is likely a contributing factor to the transition to a paperless environment—a lack of adequate financial resources now tops the list of barriers to successful IT implementation. This is a shift from the past two years when the primary IT challenge was insufficient and untrained staffing resources.
As with previous years, this year’s survey continues to explore the progression of healthcare organizations from paper-based systems to a near paperless environment where medical data is fluidly and securely shared between providers. This year’s respondents suggest that government efforts to encourage providers to adopt health IT initiatives across the country – such as Meaningful Use (MU) – have been successful. For example: