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Survey: Doctors find health IT implementation difficult

July 24, 2013
Healthcare IT By LW Consulting Inc.

The benefits of healthcare IT consulting services are far-reaching, but could perhaps become even more vital, as research shows that some doctors are having difficulty adjusting to new technologies.

A recent survey from Wolters Kluwer Health found that a majority of physicians find it challenging to properly implement the latest technology that is required of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, any changes that must take place within a practice, including shifting reimbursement models and spending time with patients, are all top concerns.

Wolters' 2013 Physician Outlook Survey interviewed 300 practicing doctors who all work in primary care. While more than half of those respondents said that they agree progress is being made to improve patient safety and care quality, they are still frustrated with its ease of use.

Sean Benson, Vice President of Innovation and Clinical Solutions at Wolters Kluwer Health, said in a statement that there is increasing pressure for physicians to remain efficient while also drive down costs. Additionally, this is all being done without sacrificing quality patient care.

"To derive true benefits from HIT and EMR systems, physician offices and health systems must integrate clinical decision support into the workflow to enable improved decision-making at the point of care with patients," he said.

The survey also found that 83 percent of physicians find it challenging to keep up with the latest research. Even so, mobile technology remains a constant factor, as 55 percent of respondents said that they use either a smartphone or tablet in their daily activities. This could be a sign that staff at medical facilities want to keep pace with technological innovations, but might be unsure of how to do so.

Through the assistance of a hospital consultant who is well-trained in the areas of healthcare IT consulting, physicians can experience a much smoother implementation of health IT.