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October 2019

By the Numbers
For The Record
Vol. 31 No. 9 P. 34

This percentage of health care providers agrees that in the future, most patients will not require an in-person physician evaluation, according to the Mortenson Leadership Series Healthcare Study. Instead, by 2021, 88% say virtual doctor visits with patients will be common, 87% say smartphones and wearable technology will be used routinely to record vital signs and other health information, and 82% believe unmanned kiosks that enable patients to self-serve some health needs will be common.

This percentage of independent practices agree that increasing demands on provider time are impacting care delivery, according to the 2019 Kareo State of the Independent Practice Industry Report. Additionally, 70% agree the time demands of EHR data entry detract from the ability to deliver patient care, but at the same time 69% agree that integrated technology solutions are needed to improve the efficiency and profitability of their practice.

4 to 7
A Health and Human Services report found this percentage of hospitals’ total IT budgets was spent on cybersecurity, while cross-industry cybersecurity spending ranges from 10% to 14%.

From 2014 to 2018, private insurance claim lines for non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew this percentage, according to a whitepaper from FAIR Health. In 2018, non–hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth accounted for 84% of all telehealth claim lines, compared with 52% in 2014. Claim lines related to telehealth overall grew 624% from 2014 to 2018.

This percentage of the US population is served by America’s health information exchanges, according to the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative.

Research from The Ohio State University College of Medicine published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health found disparities among age and race in the use of hospital patient portals. Black patients used the portal this percentage less than white patients, and patients in the 60 to 69 and 70-plus age groups used the inpatient portal less than those aged 18 to 29 (45% difference and 36% difference, respectively).

$6.2 Billion
The US health care system lost this amount in 2016 due to data breaches, with the average data breach costing health care organizations $2.2 million, according to a Health and Human Services report.