Survey Highlights Motivators, Challenges and Tools for Those Pursuing ACO, PCMH and Shared-savings Programs; 95% Believe Integration with EHR is Important for Quality Outcomes
eClinicalWorks Survey Shows Fast-Growing Accountable Care Market
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, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, today released findings from a recent survey examining the motivators and challenges for organizations interested in participating in , and other risk-based or shared savings programs. The research also looked into tools that would help these organizations meet their goals. More than half (53%) of respondents currently participate in one of the referenced programs. Among those who do not, approximately one-third (34%) anticipate their organization becoming part of an ACO, PCMH or shared-savings plan in the next three years.
According to the survey of physicians and healthcare professionals, conducted in May 2013, the primary motivator for becoming an ACO or PCMH is to improve patient outcomes (66%). That consideration is seconded by two separate motivators: being able to better utilize resources across the health care system (41%) and maintaining market share (40%).
The points that showed the most consensuses among respondents involved the tools required to meet the goals and requirements of these care models. When asked what features or capabilities of healthcare information technology systems might be valued by an ACO or PCMH, nearly all organizations with or considering an ACO or PCMH believe that integration with the electronic health records (EHR) system is important (95%) to create quality outcomes for patients. Even more telling is the intensity of importance placed upon EHR. A majority consider this “very important” (82%). Additional features that are valued for creating quality outcomes include:
“It is obvious that the ACO and PCMH models are gaining traction,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “While there are some concerns, the majority of healthcare organizations either currently participates in or plans to become involved in these programs. They are also very clear on what tools will enhance their jobs. Our responsibility in this industry is to make sure these groups have the resources and technologies required to pursue better delivery of patient care.”
The eClinicalWorks’ survey also found:
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eClinicalWorks® is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With more than 236,000 providers and 472,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past five years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is the second largest vendor in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia. For more information, please visit , , or call 866-888-6929.
eClinicalWorks® conducted an online survey with responses from 2,104 healthcare professionals in the United States. All interviews were conducted between May 21 and 31, 2013. The results included responses from 682 physicians.