Tuesday, March 6, 2012

NeHC Releases 2012 Stakeholder Survey Results

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) released the results of the 2012 NeHC Stakeholder Survey, featuring responses related to health information exchange, consumer engagement and other NeHC programs. NeHC previewed the results at HIMSS12 during its stakeholder meet-up and other strategic meetings.

Coming on the heels of the release of the proposed rule for meaningful use Stage 2, survey results provide insights into perceptions of stakeholders related to barriers to health information exchange (HIE) and the importance of consumer engagement to transforming healthcare, which relate to some of the core measures that physicians and hospitals must meet in order to be eligible for Stage 2 meaningful use incentives. Stakeholders believe that the most important benefits of HIE include care coordination, ensuring that patients and providers have the right information available when needed to support patient care, and improving quality and efficiency. In addition, stakeholders believe that consumer engagement will be very important or important to transforming healthcare and achieving better outcomes.

“It is both interesting and enlightening to understand what stakeholders are thinking related to core strategic priorities for NeHC including education, HIE, and consumer engagement,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry. “This type of information can help inform our programs to ensure we emphasize the areas of greatest need to encourage progress toward widespread deployment of HIT and HIE to improve patient care.”

Highlights from the survey are included below:
“What are the most important benefits of health information exchange?” (Respondents were asked to select three)
73% - Better care coordination
65% - Providers and patients have the right information available when needed
39% - Improved efficiency
37% - Improved quality

“What are the biggest challenges to achieving widespread health information exchange?” (Respondents were asked to select three)
61% - Funding and sustainability
53% - Interoperability standards
46% - Provider adoption
46% - Disparate electronic medical record systems
34% - Privacy and security

“How important is patient/consumer engagement to transforming healthcare?”
95% - Very important or Important
5% - Somewhat important

“What Health IT topics are of greatest interest to you?”(Respondents were asked to select all that apply)
60% - Interoperability standards
57% - Meaningful use
51% - Examples of HIE
49% - Health IT policy updates
49% - Healthcare reform
44% - Privacy and security

For a full reporting of the top survey results click here.

NeHC conducted the survey from February 13-17. The questionnaire was distributed to over 7,000 stakeholders with a response rate of 3 percent.

NeHC intends to use survey results and additional stakeholder feedback to inform its continued work with HIE, consumer engagement through the Consumer Consortium on eHealth, and with planning future NeHC University education programs.

Source: NeHC News Release

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