Posted 1/10/12 on Health Populi
To doctors working in eight countries around the globe, the biggest benefit of health IT is better access to quality data for clinical access, followed by reducing medical errors, improving coordination of care across care settings, and improving cross-organizational workflow.
However, except for the issue of health IT’s potential to improve cross-organizational working processes, American doctors have lower expectations about these benefits than their peers who work in the 7 other nations polled in a global study from Accenture‘s Eight-Country Survey of Doctors Shows Agreement on Top Healthcare Information Technology Benefits, But a Generational Divide Exists. Accenture polled over 3,700 doctors working in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the US.
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First published 3/1/11 on HealthBlawg
The Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers released a report last week entitled Putting patients into “meaningful use.” It begins with the anecdote I’ve blogged about previously regarding a diagnosis by Facebook in lieu of a PHR, which some have highlighted as a great success for social media in health care. I am much less sanguine on that front. The PwC report, of course, has much more than that story in it; here are the key takeaways, backed up with some survey data and interviews:
- Engaging external constituents may postpone achievement of “meaningful use.”
- Patient awareness of and access to available health IT tools is low; social, expectation, and education hurdles also exist.
- Patient engagement in “meaningful use” is still low, despite consumer interest.
- “Meaningful use” has yet to explicitly call for measuring the level of patient engagement.
- Health systems will need to compete for consumers in the PHR market.
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