Providers Lag Behind Payers, Pharma on Data Exchange

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , March 6, 2012

Access to clinical data in EHRs would help 45 percent of pharma/life science companies in drug development, and 43 percent in clinical trial protocol design and recruitment, the study found.

So far, only 13 percent of provider respondents believe they have been able to impact patient behavior through their informatics efforts. Nearly 60 percent of providers and nearly all health insurer respondents identified patient compliance and adherence was a goal of their clinical informatics program over the next two years.

Nearly 40 percent of provider respondents said they were collecting and incorporating data received directly from patients into the medical record.

Within two years, 48 percent of providers expect to increase technical informatics staffing, and 35 percent expect to increase related clinical staff, the report says.

"The process of actually presenting clinicians' data is an art that we're all learning how to do," Garrett says. "A lot of our clients have teams of people embedded in IT to run the infrastructure, produce the data, and get the reports. Then they have physicians and nurse executives embedded in the health care delivery process that receive that data and act on it."

The full PwC report is available for download.

Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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