Half of post-acute providers say health IT proficiency almost 'nonexistent' among staff, survey finds

Forty-nine percent of post-acute providers consider the state of their staff's health IT proficiency as "extremely poor" or "nonexistent," according to a recent Black Book survey.

For its annual post-acute IT user report, Black Book surveyed 1,640 long-term and post-acute providers about their organizations' use of IT to improve patient care. The survey specifically reported on health information exchanges, health analytics, patient engagement software and workflow and care coordination.

Five survey insights:

1. Twenty-one percent of inpatient post-acute providers have some technological capabilities of their EHRs operational, up 6 percent from 15 percent of providers in 2016. 

2. Eighty-four percent of post-acute administrators report having no budgeted funds for technology acquisitions or improvements in 2019.

3. Eighty-six percent of long-term care facilities are not electronically exchanging patient health information with referring hospitals, physicians or home health providers.

4. Seventy-two percent of post-acute organizations said they do not have the internal human resources or capital to implement an IT strategy and technological solutions in 2019.

5. Just 4 percent of post-acute organizations are considering or already implementing patient engagement solutions in 2020.

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