The healthcare industry today is facing the third evolutionary wave of IT digital technologies with intricacies, where analysts consider it’s a new era of global computing. In fact, for all organizations, the digital transformation will be jolted by foundational technologies like mobility, Web 3.0, PaaS/SaaS, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Unified Communications. In this line, a new research report from Unisys Corporation revealed that almost two-thirds of healthcare providers are behind the curve on their digital health initiatives
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), on behalf of Unisys, surveyed 220 IT decision makers and influencers at the U.S. hospitals and health systems and collected the data over their experiences. They further asked them to rank their organization on the basis of how they are leveraging digital and mobile technologies to improve the patient experience, lower the cost of care delivery and improve clinician and staff efficiencies. Later those findings, the study report revealed that 64 percent of IT decision makers and influencers rated themselves as being behind the curve, while 20 percent as laggards. However, just 11 percent of those surveyed were rated themselves as early adopters when it comes to adoption and deployment of digital technologies. Responding on the blockades in the path of digital health initiatives, ‘behind the curve’, 51 percent of leaders reported clinician resistance to adopting new solutions, while 50 percent cited difficulties integrating legacy systems with new digital/mobile technologies.
Moreover, 48 percent responded availability of skilled IT staff and the identification/remediation of Cybersecurity threats with 45 percent were also the biggest challenges. Moving forward, the survey also looked around the key initiatives that digital health technologies support. In this regard, only 16 percent of laggards had an inclusive data governance plan, while just 9 percent of responded their organization was able to successfully implement data to determine the best course of action, compared to 83 percent and 78 percent of early adopters, respectively.