Beacon Partners: Hospital Executives See Benefits of Health Information Exchanges

Beacon Partners surveyed 200 senior healthcare executives in the fall of 2011 about the benefits of participating in or establishing an health information exchange (HIE); most of the respondents were from community hospitals and other hospitals (less than 10% were from ambulatory care providers).  Among the survey’s findings:

  • Nearly 70% of respondents are currently planning for an HIE, despite their perceptions of high start-up costs and other governance issues.
  • 41% of respondents consider high start-up costs and insufficient capital to support HIEs as their top concerns.
  • 64% of respondents named the CIO as the person responsible for HIE development, while governance considerations for HIEs and potential connecting “partners” are the responsibility of others in the C-suite leadership group.
  • Approximately half of respondents have not yet created a department, oversight group or executive role to handle the HIE initiative.
  • 38% of respondents have annual budgets for HIE development of less than $1 million, while 21% have NO budget.
  • 66% of respondents see HIEs as a positive move for their organization and 42% also believe HIEs will improve patient outcomes (and not one respondent felt it would have a negative effect on patient outcomes).
  • Other HIE components that respondents felt would have a positive impact on their organization: Primary care connectivity (88%), Continuum-of-care (84%), Clinical quality reporting (74%), Patient accessibility (67%), Interoperable IT systems (66%) and Medical staff alignment efforts (59%).

The report does not provide additional details about the survey methodology.

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