While technology is helping to evolve the way that VNA companies keep track of purchases and products, many health care providers and administrators are still frustrated with the current state of EHR systems due to a variety of factors.

Details of the survey
Based on a recent survey from Premier, clinical health care information technology (HIT) spending is expected to reach $26.1 billion by 2017 and should take up 25 to 35 percent of a standard hospital's budget, so the financial incentives are high for these systems to work effectively. However, despite these numbers, around 41 percent of hospital executives are dissatisfied or indifferent to the operations of their current electronic health record systems. 

Premier looked at responses from 127 C-suite executives in 32 states that were associated with 112 health care organizations, including many CEOs, CFOs and COOs. Of all of the health care costs associated with these systems, labor was considered to be the biggest driver in terms of investment at 42 percent. This is a steep increase from the 24 percent of individuals cited in a similar survey conducted just six months ago. Mandates and legislation related to health care was the second-biggest concern in terms of costs at 34 percent.

"What we are hearing increasingly from health care leaders is dissatisfaction with their existing EHR systems, often citing cost and difficulty of use," Michael J. Alkire, Premier's COO, explained in a statement, according to Healthcare IT News. "Providers need a solution that integrates clinical, financial and operational data across their hospitals and health systems; the majority of EHR systems cannot do that."

Supply chain performance should be improved
When it came to supply chain performance, product standardization was cited as the best way to improve. In particular, 1 in 3 of the participants stated that physician preference items were among their top cost issues.

Clinical equipment acquisition, which could have a direct impact on clinical archiving, includes surgical, imaging and lab essentials, which also rose in capital investments to 22 percent in this recent survey from just 12 percent in spring 2013. This could mean that hospitals are more interested in imaging storage as a monetary solution. These tools can work to improve financial and operational success and create a more streamlined clinical setting.


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