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Health IT Adoption has been on the Surge with Covid-19 Increase

According to the results of a poll conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Google Cloud, the Covid-19 epidemic has increased health IT adoption and physician comprehension of new interoperability requirements. A total of 300 physicians responded to the poll, which was conducted in June 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic, according to nearly half of the respondents (45%), has hastened health IT implementation at their workplaces.

More particular, 62 percent of physicians said the pandemic compelled their organisation to pursue health-information-technology innovations that would have taken years otherwise. In comparison to pre-Covid-19, physicians’ perceptions of health IT adoption rates have shifted dramatically. More than half of physicians (53%) said their healthcare organization’s approach to health IT implementation was “neutral” prior to the pandemic.

Physicians also cited an increasing need for more interoperability. Physicians are increasingly seeking for ways to gather all patient health data into a single place for a more thorough knowledge of an individual’s health, according to nearly nine out of ten (89 percent). Increased data interoperability, according to the majority of responders (86 percent), will dramatically reduce the time it takes to diagnose patients.In addition to improved patient outcomes, 54% of respondents said that enhanced access to patient health data as a result of health IT deployment had benefited their company. Interoperability solutions, according to more than half of physicians (57 percent), can help reduce the possibility of clinician burnout. Furthermore, 84 percent of respondents believe that effective health IT technologies can assist reduce workplace friction and stress.

As a result, 60% of doctors believe that having access to more modern technologies and clinical data systems would help them achieve a better work/life balance. Physician knowledge of HHS interoperability regulations has improved since the start of Covid-19, according to the survey results. In February 2020, when Google Cloud conducted the same survey, 64 percent of respondents had at least heard of the new HHS interoperability standards announced in 2019.

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