PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired - March 24, 2016) - In the fourth annual Health IT Industry Outlook Survey conducted by Stoltenberg Consulting Inc., a leading healthcare information technology (HIT) consulting firm, for the second year in a row, a majority of respondents (33 percent) pointed to data analytics and business intelligence as the biggest topic in health IT. However, most (37 percent) said their organizations' data analytics programs are well underway but lack resources to complete requested initiatives. The survey was conducted at the 2016 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference held recently in Las Vegas.
"Healthcare providers are flooded with piles and piles of EHR data each day," Sheri Stoltenberg, founder and CEO, Stoltenberg Consulting, said. "It has now become imperative to learn to sift through the large quantities of complex information to leverage data insights through data analytics for improved clinical care and compliance and operational effectiveness."
Completed by project managers, CIOs, CMIOs, IT directors and consultants, the survey also revealed that a majority (32 percent) felt that correlating data from diverse and dissimilar sources is the biggest hurdle to data analytics.
"Data cannot support decision making or provoke cultural change if it's out of date, but harmonizing data across the enterprise is essential for giving providers and administrators a meaningful view of a healthcare organization's performance," Stoltenberg said.
About Stoltenberg Consulting
Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc., a seven-time Inc. 5000 list of U.S. fastest-growing private companies honoree, provides healthcare organizations with a variety of services including system selection, project management, implementation support, optimization and integration between systems. Stoltenberg consultants hold skills in both financial and clinical systems, offering expertise for Cerner, Siemens, Epic, Meditech, NextGen, Allscripts, McKesson and Qlik customers. For more information call (412) 854-5688 or visit www.stoltenberg.com.