Study: CIOs Prioritize Data Security, Infrastructure Upgrades, EHR Implementation

Network security, infrastructure upgrades and electronic health record implementation are top of mind for chief information officers in the coming year, according to a study commissioned by Level 3 Communications in Broomfield, Colo.

Level 3 commissioned Corona Insights in Denver to conduct the study in November 2012. There study surveyed 100 CIOs, senior IT executives and other C-level executives about the future of healthcare IT. The size of the organizations managed by these CIOs and executives ranged in revenue from $10 million to $1 billion.

Some significant findings of the study are:

•    Fifty-six percent were only "somewhat confident" in their ability to prevent a privacy or security breach on their network, and 77 percent cited breaches as a major or moderate EHR implementation issue.
•    Seventy-six percent of respondents are planning to upgrade their network infrastructure in the next two years.
•    Twenty-four percent reported they are using cloud-based computing, much lower than other industries.
•    Sixty-seven percent of respondents indicated that their organizations currently have telehealth capabilities, showing that telehealth is a growing trend.
•    Seventeen percent believe mHealth will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry.
•    Eighty percent agree that EHR-based systems will improve patient care, and more than 60 percent of respondents    suggest EHR and meaningful use mandates are a "good idea" to support better quality patient care.
•    Seventy-nine percent of respondents believe that the 2015 EHR implementation deadline is feasible.

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