Survey: Broad Usage of AI in Healthcare Still Two to Five Years Out

Original Post: October 13, 2017  by Heather Landi
Roughly 48 percent of healthcare organizations currently use clinical intelligence solutions, but most healthcare organizations predict broad usage of artificial intelligence won’t happen for another two to five years, according to a HIMSS Analytics 2017 Essentials Brief.

HIMSS Analytics is the market intelligence and research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and its latest Essentials Brief details a clinical and business intelligence study. The study, based on data from the HIMSS Analytics LOGIC Health IT Market Intelligence Platform and responses from a web-based survey, highlights current market adoption of analytic solutions across the entire U.S. healthcare market and reveals where these organizations are focusing their analytical efforts.

According to the report, as the adoption of IT solutions have accelerated across the healthcare landscape so too has the need for solutions to collect, analyze and display the data that comes with it. Clinical and financial business intelligence solutions have become essential to healthcare organizations in the move from volume to value-based care and in the development of new models of care, such as precision medicine. However, despite the obvious need for these solutions many organizations have yet to adopt specific solutions that focus on clinical, financial and operational analytics.

The current adoption rate of analytic platforms to address clinical needs stands at roughly 48 percent of the U.S. hospital market, up slightly from 46 percent in 2016 and nearly 6 percentage points from 42 percent in 2015, according to the report.

Many healthcare organizations have been focused on implementing electronic health record (EHR) solutions as mandated by the government in the HITECH Act contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which could factor into the slow adoption rate of clinical analytic solutions, the report notes. Many of those organizations are now in a state of catching up from a clinical standpoint.

“The use of clinical intelligence solutions across the U.S. hospital market is steadily increasing and as organizations become more sophisticated from an IT standpoint it is expected their analytical capability will move in lockstep…

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