Report: Healthcare IT Executives Face Increasing Pressure to Innovate

Leading into HIMSS18, TEKsystems, a top provider of IT services, has just released data that provides insights into the status of key IT initiatives and central topics of the healthcare-focused event, including security, information exchange and interoperability, data analytics, business/clinical intelligence, and population health.

In addition to identifying the implementation status of mission-critical services, data indicates that while healthcare IT leaders face increasing pressure to innovate, technologies such as IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) are not yet being leveraged to drive innovation.

Results are based on surveys which polled almost 200 healthcare IT leaders (e.g., CIOs, IT vice presidents, IT directors and IT hiring managers) in late 2017 / early 2018 on a range of key issues, including technology maturity, workforce planning, critical roles and the top trends shaping healthcare IT today.

“Healthcare IT is starting to make progress in some key areas, including digital health systems, EMR optimization and IT performance / risk management. However, organizations are lagging when it comes to the technologies and initiatives that have the potential to change the delivery and effectiveness of healthcare, most notably AI and IoT. AI in particular has the potential to decrease medical error, improve diagnostic accuracy and outcomes, optimize revenue, and streamline operations,” says Matt Payne, executive director of TEKsystems Healthcare Services. “Healthcare IT teams in 2018 will focus on implementing new IT applications and infrastructure, setting the stage for innovation while maintaining critical functions and operations such as data security and analytics. The challenge for finding talent with the right skill sets remains, as healthcare IT requires not only technical skill, but industry expertise and familiarity with compliance standards unique to the field. With only 4 in 10 of those surveyed expressing a preference for talent with industry knowledge versus technical expertise, organizations will need to be creative in how they approach sourcing talent that combines the necessary balance of both disciplines. However, perhaps due to the sensitive nature of the industry in protecting information and mitigating risk, IT teams in healthcare are seen as greater partners in driving innovation and directing digital strategy than in other industries.”

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