Ponemon Institute: Inefficient Access to Patient Information Costs Hospitals $2M Each Year

The average clinician spends 122 hours a year trying to access various forms of electronic medical records, and the lost time is costing hospitals nearly $2 million every year, according to research conducted by Imprivata and the Ponemon Institute.

According to the research, the high level of time spent accessing information from EMRs is caused by the overabundance of passwords and logins being managed to access the applications needed for accessing patient care. Ponemon Institute and Imprivata surveyed more than 400 healthcare IT professionals and discovered other significant findings:

·    Single sign-on technology, which automates the login process, saves clinicians an average of 9.51 minutes a day.
·    This time savings is translated into an estimated $2,675 per clinician each year, which yields a total annual savings of more than $2.6 million.
·    Prior to SSO, users had an average of 6.4 different passwords or pins required to access critical applications and patient data.

Read the news release about single sign-on technology.

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