The report, titled "The Healthcare IT Environment: Strategies for Providers and Vendors", states that organisations that are able to quickly capitalise on greater provider/payer-to-patient connectivity, allowed by HIPAA, should reap significant benefits, both in reduced costs and improved customer service.
The study represents the findings of a meta-analysis of previously published documents from United States government agencies, health care professional and trade associations, consulting firms, health care and business journals, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and the investment community.
Healthlink, a health care IT services company, has sponsored the report. This company has working relationships with more than 400 leading hospitals and Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) across the United States.
Analysis results were prioritised and narrowed to a list of 20 key trends across seven different categories. Experts in each of these categories then reviewed the findings to interpret the trends and provide future strategic direction to health care organisations and technology companies.
Among the areas covered are:
- Rise of consumerism/use of Internet
- Electronic medical records/clinical information systems
- Changing role of the chief information officer
- E-business capabilities
- HIPAA/privacy/security regulations
- Quality of care and patient safety