The U.S. healthcare industry is in the midst of a major transformation as a result of federal mandates – from the adoption and meaningful use of health IT under the HITECH Act to the implementation of new reimbursement models tied to quality and better clinical outcomes under the Affordable Care Act. Growing patient empowerment and engagement, renewed focus on prevention and wellness, cost-containment pressures and clinician shortages are also impacting and driving this transformation.
As healthcare organizations develop strategies to comply with federal mandates and succeed in the new environment, wireless is one of the emerging technologies that can enable organizations to meet their clinical and business objectives, especially in this era of having to do more with a finite set of resources. Healthcare IT News conducted an online survey in June and July 2012 on behalf of Sprint to determine current usage of wireless data technology in healthcare and identify areas of demand and the potential benefi ts of wireless solutions and strategies. Of the 224 respondents, 68 percent work for healthcare providers, and 56 percent are C-level executives or other decision makers in their roles of vice president, director or manager.
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