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Cybersecurity, Telehealth, Interoperability Are Focus of Health Leaders in 2019

As health system leaders look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year, they are increasing their spending to defend against cyberattacks, expressing optimism about reimbursement for telehealth services, and feeling anxiety about Apple, Amazon, and Google entering the health care space. 

Those were among the key findings from a new survey, "Top of Mind for Top Health Systems 2019," focusing on cybersecurity, telehealth, and interoperability. The findings are based on quantitative and qualitative surveys of C-suite executives at nearly 40 US health systems. 

Released by the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM), in partnership with The Health Management Academy, key findings include the following: 

The CCM, which is jointly operated by GE HealthcareNokia, and UPMC, partnered with The Academy for the Top of Mind 2019 survey. Conducted in three parts, the research started with a survey of health system information officers in May 2018 to determine the top areas of health IT for 2019; 63 chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), and chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) responded. 

A quantitative survey was conducted in July 2018 with questions focused on cybersecurity, telehealth and interoperability; 30 CIOs, CMIOs, and CNIOs responded. In September 2018, qualitative interviews were completed with 18 C-suite executives, including CEOs, chief operating officers, CIOs, and CMIOs. Overall, the respondents represented 38 health systems with average annual revenue of $5.3 billion. 

For more key findings, download a copy of the report at connectedmed.com. 

— Source: UPMC