55% of Providers Don't Know When Their Organizations Will Have Formal Clinical Informatics Programs

More than half of healthcare providers don't know when their organization will have a formal clinical informatics program, according to "Needles in a Haystack: Seeking Knowledge with Clinical Informatics," a report by PwC's Health Research Institute.

For the report, researchers conducted 30 in-depth interviews with IT, clinical and strategy professionals involved with informatics within their healthcare organizations. They also conducted online surveys, in 2011, of more than 400 providers, 90 health insurers and 100 pharmaceutical and life sciences executives on their approaches and strategies for analyzing clinical data.

When asked when their organization will implement a formal clinical informatics program, providers, health insurers and pharma/life sciences executives reported the following, according to the report:

Providers

•    Never — 13 percent reported that their organization would never implement a formal clinical informatics program.
•    Less than one year — 10 percent reported it would take their organization less than one year.
•    One to two years — 10 percent reported it would take their organization between one to two years.
•    More than two years — 13 percent reported it would take their organization more than two years.
•    Don't know — 55 percent reported that they don't know when their organizations would implement a formal clinical informatics program.

Health Insurers

•    Never — 14 percent reported that their organization would never implement a formal clinical informatics program.
•    Less than one year — 17 percent reported it would take their organization less than one year.
•    One to two years — 33 percent reported it would take their organization between one to two years.
•    More than two years — 11 percent reported it would take their organization more than two years.
•    Don't know — 25 percent reported that they don't know when their organizations would implement a formal clinical informatics program.

Pharma/Life sciences executives

•    Never — 26 percent reported that their organization would never implement a formal clinical informatics program.
•    Less than one year — 9 percent reported it would take their organization less than one year.
•    One to two years — 7 percent reported it would take their organization between one to two years.
•    More than two years — 18 percent reported it would take their organization more than two years.
•    Don't know — 32 percent reported that they don't know when their organizations would implement a formal clinical informatics program.

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