Nearly 22% of healthcare organizations use analytics for population health, survey finds

Most hospitals are using analytics in clinical areas, but many organizations still are not prioritizing using analytics for purely clinical projects, according to a recent survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics and sponsored by health IT company Dimensional Insight.

For the survey, researchers asked 110 senior healthcare leaders about their analytics use.

Six survey findings:

1. Ninety percent of respondents said they use analytics in clinical areas.

2. Only 28.4 percent of respondents said they use analytics for effectiveness of care projects.

3. Only 21.6 percent of respondents are using analytics for population health.

4. Only 10.8 percent of respondents are using analytics for chronic care management.

5. For healthcare organizations that have not developed analytics but plan to do so, only 31.8 percent said population health will be a top area of focus through their analytics use.

6. On a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being extremely low and 7 being extremely high, surveyed healthcare leaders' average score of clinical staff (physicians and nurses) to drive decisions through analytics was 4.39. That's more than 15 percent lower than the average score of stakeholders.

“Clinicians will effectively use data for decision-making when it is integrated into their workflows, but that is seldom the case at this point,” George Dealy, vice president of healthcare solutions at Dimensional Insight, concluded in a report with the survey findings. “The projects that healthcare organizations can more easily wrap their arms around are those that might use clinical data — such as for readmissions improvement— but are focused on improving processes that have financial implications as opposed to directly improving patient care."


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