Doctors and nurses report improved patient care with healthcare IT

A new study from CDW Healthcare builds on the premise that doctors and nurses trust and rely on information systems and applications to deliver patient care. PhysBizTech reviewed an advance copy of the study report, which is now available here.

Between Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 2012, CDW Healthcare asked 202 caregivers and 200 healthcare IT professionals at hospitals with 200 beds or more about the impact of new systems.

Noteworthy among the findings, most doctors and nurses say patient care is better with healthcare IT:

  • 84 percent of caregiver respondents view healthcare IT as “invaluable” or “valuable.”
  • 71 percent believe they could accomplish just half or less of their job responsibilities without the aid of IT systems.

In addition, doctors and nurses say IT facilitates caregiving responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Availability of more information (85 percent of surveyed caregivers)
  • Accuracy of care delivered to patients (72 percent)
  • Ability to track follow-up care (68 percent)
  • Speed of care delivery to patients (57 percent)
  • Increased time spent with patients (38 percent)

Looking ahead, the report acknowledges that new IT requirements will emerge as hospitals add owned and affiliated physician practices to their networks. Surveyed IT professionals predict they will need to acquire the following technology components to accommodate the integration of physician practices:

  • Software licenses (52 percent)
  • Workstations (51 percent)
  • Wireless network devices (44 percent)
  • Storage (40 percent)
  • WAN network capacity (38 percent)
  • Security hardware or software (36 percent)

The reports concludes that to best equip caregivers with new systems, “healthcare IT professionals need to carefully balance investment between endpoint solutions and the infrastructure that speeds simple, reliable systems to users.”

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