Professionals talk tech spending

The responses to CommVault’s 2013 Health IT Survey have at last trickled in, unmasking the many means by which healthcare entities ferment best practices on the grounds of electronic medical record management and protection whilst adhering to the demands of HITECH, Meaningful Use and HIPPA.

Conducted by HIMSS Media on behalf of CommVault, the survey queried some 416 healthcare professionals working across the organizational spectrum regarding drivers of technological investment. According to the findings, spending on IT is most prominent on the grounds of regulatory compliance, although the desires to better operational efficiency and provide improved support for novel applications and systems across the technological realm also ranked rather high.

When asked what investments were perceived to be the most effective in regards to organizational growth, the panel of participants listed the following as most beneficial:

  • Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS)
  • Electronic health records
  • Healthcare data warehousing
  • Health information exchanges
  • Information governance
  • Disaster recovery/continuity planning

Other important feedback includes:

All information and data courtesy of the 2013 Health IT Survey. Presentation by PhysBizTech.

"The HIMSS Media survey reinforces an underlying theme — healthcare organizations want to simplify their IT systems and environments to meet compliance demands and ensure the highest levels of patient care delivery,” said Jay Savaiano, director of business development, healthcare, CommVault, in a prepared statement. “With CommVault Simpana 10 software, healthcare IT teams can not only protect and manage EMR, PACS and other healthcare information more efficiently and securely at scale, but also support clinical and nonclinical applications in one common, modern architecture to reduce administrative and operational costs."

CommVault and other survey analysts suggested the use of software such as Simpana 10 as a means to enhance rapid search capabilities.

Find more on the survey and what fellow health professionals suggest for better EHR/data exploration here.