A recent study focusing on health information technology (HIT) trends for health care professionals showcases how HIT systems are being used to support transition of care and readmission prevention programs. This is one of several findings in a new Trend Report published by sponsors of the 2012
Trend Report #4: Transitions of Care—Reducing Readmissions, one of a nine-part series, examines how software systems are supporting providers and their patients in creating a more seamless environment to transition from one care setting to the next without experiencing any unnecessary medical complications or other set-backs. The analysis is based upon a number of questions assessing provider attitudes and activities towards leveraging technology-enabled processes and tools to promote better transitions of care.
“The growth and evolution of health IT systems to support patient-centric care management is a welcome development,” says
Among several questions, respondents provided a snapshot of how HIT systems are supporting transitions of care programs. The majority of survey respondents (51%) report using one or more electronic software resources to support transitions of care, while only a third (31%) responded that they were not using software resources to promote this initiative. The remaining 18% reported that this was not applicable to their line of work.
Trend Report #4 also summarizes respondents’ attitudes about whether existing care management IT systems support transitions of care as defined by certain practice settings; different actions and services that may comprise a readmission prevention program to support transitions of care; and breaks down how software systems are supporting transitions of care goals.
This is the third time TCS, CMSA and ABQAURP have joined forces to sponsor the bi-annual survey, with the first survey conducted in 2008. By comparing data from all three surveys—2012, 2010 and 2008—the series of 2013 Trend Reports reveals several emerging patterns in health IT use and perception.
“Each of the three studies has been designed and supervised by a panel of leading experts in the field,” notes
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