The Role of Adaptability in New Technology Adoption in Healthcare

Does the traditional hospital, medical, and nursing culture stifle change?

 Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Select International's website

It’s the age of smart phones and artificial intelligence. Data and technology are changing our world at an amazing pace. For those in healthcare, the pace of change probably feels difficult to manage, but, in reality, healthcare’s pace of technology adoption lags far behind other industries.

A recent Ernst and Young global survey shows that only 55% of US doctors report using clinical decision support software, and 39% use patient portals. 62% see value in virtual communication technologies but few plan to adopt them.

EHR use in the US has historically lagged far behind countries like Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. EHR adoption has increased rapidly in recent years but many health systems still have substantial parts of their business using paper and, yes, fax machines. In some cases, new technology being introduced to healthcare has been used in other sectors for years. Here are some potential reasons: Click here to continue>>

 

 

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