Study: 79% of Healthcare Organizations Use Clinical Informatics to Reduce Medical Errors

To achieve goals of improving population health, reducing overall costs and preventing medical errors, it may be wise to invest in clinical informatics as well as electronic health records, according to a report by the Health Research Institute of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

PwC surveyed more than 600 IT and clinical leaders from hospitals, physician practices, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and life sciences companies nationwide. PwC also conducted around 30 in-depth interviews with CIOs and other leaders at some of the organizations.

More than 50 percent of healthcare organizations reported having formal clinical informatics programs. Of the organizations with programs, they were more likely to do the following:

•    Support organizational strategies;
•    Share data outside the organization;
•    Participate in new care delivery models;
•    Consider new strategies for stakeholders;
•    Perform more advanced informatics functions.

The report also found that 79 percent of organizations turned to clinical informatics to prevent medical errors; 69 percent of organizations reported that analytics help improve population health; and 52 percent of organizations reported that analytics-driven preventative care helps rein in costs.

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