Infographic: Top 10 Healthcare Priorities that Depend on Health IT

February 22, 2016

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This article is part 3 of a 7 part series derived from ‘7 Habits for Technology Driven Healthcare Organizations’ – a presentation led by Ravi Ganesan, President of Core Solutions, at the 2015 Open Minds Technology & Informatics Institute.

Put first things first. To become a leading technology-driven healthcare organization, it’s important to not only visualize how the future state of your organization will operate, but to create physical manifestation of those ideas. This includes aligning major milestones with your organization’s purpose, values, roles and priorities. Defining these objectives will streamline company-wide decision-making and put your organization on the fast-track to success.

In a recent survey1, CIOs identified their top business objectives, which named “improved patient satisfaction” as number one. While five years ago, this goal would not have been listed as a top business objective, today it is a major corporate and financial priority as patient outcomes are tied to payment milestones. This demonstrates how transformations to care delivery models are causing priorities to shift, including a heightened emphasis on progress made to healthcare IT.

Consider these top 10 healthcare priorities that rely on healthcare IT to increase patient satisfaction.

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Meaningful Use

Prepare for system upgrades, reevaluate patient engagement and optimize information

EHR Optimization

Achieve optimal EHR benefits for the facility, enterprise and extended enterprise

Post-Acute Care

CIOs to develop an understanding of specific challenges and opportunities in post-acute settings

Extended Enterprise Integration Architecture

Integrate with non-owned entities and create a methodology for dealing with the complexities

Telemedicine

Make virtual care more affordable in an era of high-deductible health plans

Healthcare Mobility and the Internet of Things

Enable a future wave of healthcare mobility, automated action and control

Patient Experience

Promote patient satisfaction, loyalty to provider networks and patient engagement

Business Intelligence

Add to retrospective analytic dashboards and develop predictive and prescriptive capabilities

Security and Risk

Escalate security to the board level to address the growing number of reported breaches

IT Cost and Performance Management

Reduce administrative expenses while also improving capacity and performance

This infographic demonstrates common threads, including EHR, telemedicine, healthcare mobility, consumer engagement, population health, business intelligence and IoT. The physical manifestation of these priorities has caused 62% of survey2 respondents to see an increase in their IT operating budget. This financial commitment suggests that organizations are moving in the right direction, and segmenting tasks into four buckets: important, important-urgent, important not-urgent, not important. These buckets provide organizations with a clear vision, timeline and necessary steps for becoming a technology-driven healthcare organization.

Download the worksheet below to take a few moments and segment your organizations IT projects into one of the four buckets. After prioritizing these projects, establish a timeline for completion that you can share with your leadership team.

For more information, watch the full video here.

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Download the worksheet.

Download the infographic.

Sources:

  1. Advisor.com
  2. 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey