Physicians and hospital executives have greatly differing opinions about the value of information technology provided by hospitals, a new study suggests.
More than 80% of hospital and health system CEOs with captive medical staffs and 59% of executives who rely on affiliated, noncaptive physicians, say physician groups are interested in receiving IT services from their hospitals, according to research from The Kennedy Group, a Chicago-based healthcare IT consulting firm.
Forty-eight percent of 31 physician groups surveyed are not at all interested in hospital-supplied technology; the rest express varying degrees of interest.
"I think (physicians) are very nervous about affiliating themselves with any one hospital, and they don't trust their data with them," explains Catherine Sprague, a senior associate at The Kennedy Group. "Physicians see the importance of IT. They just don't want to sell their souls to the devil, so to speak." She says CEOs "were surprised at the results" in presentation of these findings to hospital executives in May. "The CEOs think that (physicians) would be thrilled to accept IT," Sprague says.
In fact, 43% of the 22 hospital CEOs surveyed say that physician retention is their No. 1 motive for offering IT to medical staff. Another 14%--all of them from large healthcare organizations--view IT as a physician recruiting tool.
No help wantedReasons physician groups do not accept IT services from hospitals:
- Do not want to share data: 19.2%
- Dislike hospital's system: 19.2%
- High cost: 15.4%
- Hospital system incompatible with practice's system: 19.2%
- Multiple hospital systems incompatible with each other: 7.7%