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November/December 2018

By the Numbers
For The Record
Vol. 30 No. 10 P. 34

This fraction of older adults aged 50–80 years reported they have set up a patient portal, according to the University of Michigan's National Poll on Healthy Aging. For those who have not, common reasons were that they do not like communicating about their health by computer (40%), do not have a need for a portal (38%), did not know they needed to set something up (33%), have not gotten around to setting up a portal (29%), are not comfortable with technology (26%), and/or their provider does not offer the option of a portal (26%).

$465 Million
According to FierceHealthcare, the largest publicly traded EHR vendors netted more than this amount in profits during the first half of 2018, a 15.7% decline from the first half of 2017; however, revenues increased 7.5%, with every company seeing a boost.

According to an Intel and Convergys Analytics survey, health care leaders believe artificial intelligence (AI) will most improve both predictive analytics for intervention and clinical decision support (both this percentage), as well as care coordination efforts (88%), efficiency and decreased health care costs (83%), and task automation to increase face-to-face time with patients (75%).

An Intel and Convergys Analytics survey found health care leaders are skeptical of using AI because they believe it could be responsible for a fatal error (this percentage), be poorly implemented or won't work properly (53%), or be overhyped and not meet expectations (49%).

$47 Million
Based on estimates from officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the daily financial impact of a nonfunctional Enrollment Database—the primary source of Medicare enrollment information for the entire population of beneficiaries—is approximately this amount.

According to research by HIMSS Media, technology innovation is most needed in health information exchange/interoperability (this percentage), followed by patient experience and telehealth (both 52%) and EHRs and data analytics (both 49%).

$5 Million
Colorado-based Memorial Regional Health recently decided to transition to an Epic EMR system by leveraging its new affiliation with SCL Health St. Mary's Regional Health System. This is expected to result in a savings of about this amount over five years, as compared with the purchase of other EMR systems.