Few hospitals plan to replace software

Order entry and results reporting top of list for those planning changes to software
By Diana Manos
11:00 AM
While some hospitals are looking to replace reporting tools and clinical decision support systems, most facilities are standing pat with their software systems, according to a new report.
According to the report, conducted by the Dorenfest Institute for Health Information Technology, Research and Education, managed by the HIMSS Foundation, hospitals that do plan to make changes are planning to replace order entry and results reporting, followed by CDR and clinical decision support system. 
The report has released updated 2011 data from the HIMSS Analytics/directory/analytics" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Analytics Database and covers IT use on nearly 5,400 U.S. hospitals and the more than 26,000 ambulatory facilities that are associated with these hospitals. 
This release expands the current library of databases available through the Dorenfest Institute, including the Dorenfest 3000+ Databases, the Dorenfest Integrated Healthcare Delivery System Databases and previous editions of the HIMSS Analytics Database.  
According to researchers, data is presently available from 1986 through 2010. The 2012 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market is also now available in PDF format on the Dorenfest Institute website.
Using trended data from 2009, 2010 and 2011, the report examines technology use at nearly 4,300 U.S. hospitals. Topics examined in the report include capital and operating budgets, as well as the use of key financial and clinical technologies in place at these hospitals. The 2005 through 2011 reports are also available on the site.
“With this new 2011 data released through the HIMSS Foundation, the Dorenfest Institute continues to offer an extensive and valuable online resource for eligible researchers,” says R. Norris Orms, in a news release. “Access to this data helps meet the academic and global demand for health IT data to improve patient care.”