Hospital IT Investments Climbing Fast

Hospital IT Investments Climbing FastUp, up, and away.

That’s the general revelation emerging in a new report on hospital IT investments from Spyglass Consulting Group.

This week, Spyglass released its most recent healthcare study entitled “Point of Care Communications for Nursing 2014.”

The report shows 51 percent of hospitals interviewed are evaluating enterprise-class nursing Smartphone solutions to support collaborative team-based care over the next 12 to 18 months.

Next generation solutions based upon the Smartphone provide hospital IT with a vendor neutral and scalable architecture to address current and future application requirements that are tightly integrated with the hospital’s PBX, clinical information, systems, biomedical devices, and nurse call system.

So what’s driving the accelerated spending?

“Hospital-based nurses work in high-stress, data-intensive environments dominated by inefficient paper-based processes,” the report summary reads. “They are responsible for sicker patients who are staying for shorter periods and require complex multi-disciplinary care.  Nurses are under increased pressure to communicate, collaborate and coordinate care more effectively across a wider array of team members.  Continuous colleague interruptions, increased documentation requirements, and alert and alarm fatigue leave the nurse with little time for direct patient bedside care.”

In short, the growing realization that they haven’t done enough to capitalize on technology is now pushing hospital IT spending to new heights. But much, much progress must still be made.

“Despite advancements in mobile devices and unified communications, hospital IT has underinvested in technologies and processes to support nurses at point of care,” said Gregg Malkary, Managing Director of Spyglass Consulting Group.  “Nearly 42 percent of hospitals interviewed are still reliant on pagers, noisy overhead paging systems and landline phones for communications and care coordination.”

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