CIOs' top investment priority

Hospital CIOs' top IT investment priority is analytics software and solutions, according to a recent survey.

The survey of 70 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives members by data solutions vendor Health Catalyst found 54 percent rate data analytics as their highest IT priority. Other top priorities included population health initiatives, ICD-10, accountable care initiatives and consolidation-related IT investments.

"CHIME members serve in the front lines of a healthcare industry confronted by the most significant challenges in its history, and their focus on analytics as a key solution to those challenges is confirmation of the technology's importance," said Dan Burton, CEO of Health Catalyst. "In fact, analytics is a prerequisite for all of the major initiatives currently underway to address value-based care. Once organizations have all of their data warehoused and accessible, analytics is the core tool to help them make sense of the data and put it to work."

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