Article | November 17, 2014

The Top 10 Health IT Trends For 2015: Complete Survey Results

Source: Health IT Outcomes
The Top 10 Health IT Trends For 2015

To identify the top technology trends, Health IT Outcomes asked each of the survey respondents to rank a series of technology initiatives in line with their implementation plans for 2015. For each initiative, respondents were asked to clarify whether the initiative was a “Top Priority,” a “Priority,” “Important,” “Somewhat Important,” or “Not Important At This Time.” Each response was then weighted. For example, all “Top Priority” responses were given a rating of one (1), while “Not Important At This Time” responses were given a rating of five (5). An average of the total ratings was then calculated for each IT initiative. The lower the cumulative rating, the higher the priority the technology project was to our survey respondents. This rating system was used to determine the top 10 health IT trends for 2015. A list of how all technology initiatives scored in our survey is presented below. In an instance of a tie in the average score, the percentage of “Top Priority” votes determined the higher trend number.


Trend
#
Health IT Initiative Top
Priority
Priority Important Somewhat
Important
Not Important
At This Time
2015
Score
2014
Score
Change
1 EHR
Meaningful Use
47.43% 27.43% 9.14% 2.86% 13.14% 2.07 1.98 0.09
2 PHI Security 45.71% 21.14% 18.29% 9.71% 5.14% 2.07 2.08 -0.01
3 ICD-10 Compliance 38.37% 33.72% 16.86% 4.65% 6.40% 2.07 1.98 0.09
4 Patient Portals/
Patient Engagement
29.31% 32.76% 22.99% 6.32% 8.62% 2.32 2.38 -0.06
5 e-Prescribing 26.63% 37.28% 18.93% 4.73% 12.43% 2.39 2.67 -0.28
6 Secure/Unified
Messaging
26.63% 34.91% 18.34% 11.24% 8.88% 2.41 N/A N/A
7 Meaningful Use Audits 27.17% 32.37% 19.08% 10.40% 10.98% 2.46 2.67 -0.21
8 Clinical Decision
Support (CDS)/
Evidence-Based
Order Sets
22.73% 35.23% 23.30% 10.23% 8.52% 2.47 2.58 -0.11
9 Clinical Documentation
Improvement (CDI)
27.43% 27.43% 23.43% 10.86% 10.86% 2.50 N/A N/A
10 HIE 22.09% 36.05% 21.51% 9.30% 11.05% 2.51 2.56 -0.05
11 Revenue Cycle
Management
24.86% 31.21% 23.12% 8.67% 12.14% 2.52 2.52 0.00
12 Electronic Medication
Administration
26.32% 30.99% 22.22% 2.92% 17.54% 2.54 2.55 -0.01
13 Wireless Networking
(WAN/WLAN/WiFi/3G,
4G cellular)
21.39% 30.64% 28.90% 10.40% 8.67% 2.54 2.63 -0.09
14 BI/Analytics/
Dashboards
23.30% 30.11% 23.86% 12.50% 10.23% 2.56 2.59 -0.03
15 Credentialing/
Authentication
21.26% 28.16% 30.46% 10.34% 9.77% 2.59 N/A N/A
16 IP Networking 16.37% 30.41% 28.07% 11.70% 13.45% 2.65 2.87 -0.22
17 Population Health
Management
19.65% 24.86% 29.48% 16.18% 9.83% 2.72 2.79 -0.07
18 Disaster Recovery/
Business Continuity
18.97% 24.71% 32.18% 13.22% 10.92% 2.72 2.69 0.03
19 Claims/Payment
Automation
17.34% 32.37% 22.54% 15.03% 12.72% 2.73 2.71 0.02
20 Document Imaging/
Management
12.00% 33.71% 28.57% 16.00% 9.71% 2.78 2.72 0.06
21 Telehealth/Telemedicine/
Remote Patient Monitoring
17.92% 26.01% 25.43% 17.92% 12.72% 2.82 3.01 -0.19
22 ACO Preparedness 14.29% 33.33% 23.21% 13.69% 15.48% 2.83 2.89 -0.06
23 Mobile/Tablet Computing 14.94% 18.97% 36.78% 18.97% 10.34% 2.91 2.80 0.11
24 Computer-Assisted
Coding (CAC)
13.87% 29.48% 23.70% 16.18% 16.76% 2.92 N/A N/A
25 PHR Adoption 12.94% 28.24% 28.82% 13.53% 16.47% 2.92 3.00 -0.08
26 eForms/Workflow
Automation
10.23% 29.55% 30.11% 18.18% 11.93% 2.92 2.80 0.12
27 Mobile Device
Management
15.12% 20.93% 29.07% 20.35% 14.53% 2.98 2.90 0.08
28 SNOMED CT Solutions 8.77% 24.56% 30.41% 20.47% 15.79% 3.10 3.17 -0.07
29 Mobile Health Apps 12.79% 16.28% 29.07% 30.23% 11.63% 3.12 3.08 0.04
30 RAC Support 10.92% 20.69% 31.61% 16.67% 20.11% 3.14 3.21 -0.07
31 Storage/Application
Virtualization
6.63% 23.49% 31.93% 25.30% 12.65% 3.14 2.98 0.16
32 Smartphones 11.05% 17.44% 34.88% 19.19% 17.44% 3.15 3.03 0.12
33 Cloud Computing 12.14% 13.87% 34.10% 21.97% 17.92% 3.20 3.17 0.03
34 Medical Imaging/
Vendor Neutral Archives
8.14% 18.60% 34.30% 18.60% 20.35% 3.24 3.14 0.10
35 Call Systems 7.10% 19.53% 34.32% 18.93% 20.12% 3.25 3.05 0.20
36 Print Management 5.71% 21.14% 32.57% 23.43% 17.14% 3.25 3.18 0.07
37 Speech Recognition/
Natural Language
Processing/Understanding
8.57% 20.00% 29.71% 20.57% 21.14% 3.26 3.23 0.03
38 Asset Tracking
(RTLS/RFID/Barcoding)
9.83% 15.03% 32.95% 23.12% 19.08% 3.27 3.31 -0.04
39 Automated Patient Flow 7.65% 19.41% 31.76% 18.82% 22.35% 3.29 3.10 0.19
40 Biometrics 9.09% 18.75% 26.70% 22.73% 22.73% 3.31 3.26 0.05
41 BYOD
(Bring Your Own Device)
Management
8.62% 17.24% 25.29% 25.29% 23.56% 3.38 3.35 0.03
42 Automated Staff
Scheduling/
Workforce Optimization
4.02% 20.69% 29.89% 21.84% 23.56% 3.40 3.25 0.15
43 Social Media 6.43% 12.28% 35.09% 23.39% 22.81% 3.44 3.33 0.11
44 Gamification 2.30% 7.47% 28.16% 24.14% 37.93% 3.88 N/A N/A