Annual IHIT Report: The Voice of Healthcare IT in Georgia

A comprehensive look at the top challenges facing Georgia’s hospitals, physician practices and healthcare IT vendors. Each year, the Institute for Health Information Technology™ (IHIT) — an independent, non-profit organization focused on advancing the needs of Georgia’s healthcare IT community — conducts an industry survey to document the latest healthcare IT issues that are impacting […]

2017 State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) recently released its eleventh annual State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report.  The findings come from a survey of more than 300 in-state technology decision-makers to get their valuable insights and forecasts about Georgia’s technology economy as it relates to talent, capital and innovation. This year’s survey, led […]

Healthcare Consumerism Study Shows Patients Need Financing Options

Where patient satisfaction was once solely measured from a clinical standpoint, patients now regard the financial side of the house as an important part of the overall experience.  Increasingly, they’re judging and rating their satisfaction with healthcare organizations by the amount of repeat business and referrals they bring. A study we recently conducted to measure […]

Health Plans’ Survival Could Depend on Customer Service

Insurers are facing more pressure than ever to meet customer demands or lose those customers to competitors. A recent survey, conducted by HealthEdge and Porter Research, of 2,500 health plan members across the U.S. indicated that health plans must quickly tune their offerings and provide service levels that match or exceed members’ expectations. Consumers expect […]

HIT Workforce Needs for Georgia Hospitals, Healthcare Systems

The Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT) commissioned Porter Research to conduct a study to get insight from Georgia hospitals and healthcare systems about IT workforce readiness and their unique challenges related to IT job fulfillment.  This most recent study continues to build onto the research performed in 2014:  Georgia Healthcare IT Workforce Readiness Survey […]

HHS’ ICD-10 Code Deadline Arrives

With the arrival of October 2015 come changes beyond the color of the leaves, as it signifies the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) deadline for hospitals, physician practices, other healthcare providers and payers to have completed the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10) coding systems.  ICD-10 provides […]

Practical Applications of NLP in Healthcare: Enhancing the Value of Electronic Data

Approximately 65 percent of hospitals plan to spend an average of $1.9 million on analytics in 2015, according to a survey conducted by CDW Healthcare. By applying complex algorithms to massive volumes of electronic data, analytics work to lower costs, improve care, predict outcomes, and manage population health. Many experts believe analytics drive the true […]