Healthcare execs weigh in on benefits, barriers to digital health initiatives

Ninety-one percent of healthcare executives have begun at least one digital initiative in the last 12 months or plan to do so in the next year, according to an Ernst & Young survey.

For the survey, EY asked 195 executives about their perceptions of how digital technologies will improve overall patient health and their plans for future digital initiatives. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they are working on digital initiatives to improve patient access and throughput, and 47 percent of executives said they have begun programs to capture patient experience metrics.

Here are the top benefits executives cited for pursuing digital initiatives:

1. Improved patient experience: 70 percent

2. Improved clinical outcomes: 58 percent

3. Improved customer relationships: 48 percent

Here are the top barriers respondents said stand in the way of digital initiatives:

1. Insufficient funding: 46 percent

2. Fear of the unknown: 35 percent

3. Privacy issues and concerns: 32 percent

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