Healthcare is an increasingly complex industry. It can be difficult to grasp what is happening in each area, especially in terms of HIPAA breaches, cybersecurity threats, and clinical documentation.
Statistics can offer at least a partial view of how certain issues are affecting physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations.
Here are 10 statistics highlighting some of the most pressing challenges in the industry today.
HIPAA Breaches, Compliance, and Cybersecurity Threats
1. According to Breach Portal data, there have been 231 breaches reported so far in 2016, affecting 14,236,759 patients (last breach report dated October 5, 2016). Note: The portal only documents breaches affecting 500 or more individuals, so these numbers are likely low estimates. (Source)
2. Of those reported breaches, unauthorized access/disclosure was cited as the top reason. The breakdown is as follows (Source):
· 98 unauthorized access/disclosures;
· 75 hacking/IT incidents;
· 44 theft;
· 10 loss; and
· 4 improper disposal.
3. Only 40 percent of survey respondents said they were very confident in their organization's ability to remain HIPAA-compliant, while 43 percent were somewhat confident and 17 percent were not confident at all. (Source)
4. Twenty-eight percent of organizations have not updated their business associate agreements, or BAAs. (Source)
5. More than half of survey respondents believed they would be the target of a successful cyberattack within the year. (Source)
THE TAKEAWAY: While organizations are aware of the threats to their network as well as the need to properly secure data, they lack confidence in their methods. Finding a viable HIPAA assessment solution — especially one that conveys a high level of confidence in its users — is key. Periodic review of all BAAs is crucial as well.
EHRs and Clinical Documentation
6. Physicians spend 43 percent of their workday on clinical documentation. (Source)
7. For every hour of face-to-face clinical time with patients, physicians spend two more hours on EHR documentation and desk work. Physicians spend another one to two hours on computer work outside of office hours each day. (Source)
8. Physicians at one healthcare organization decreased their clinical documentation time by 36 percent by streamlining and customizing EHR workflows. (Source)
9. Physicians who use EHRs or CPOE were less likely to be satisfied with the time required for clerical tasks. CPOE usage was linked to higher risk of burnout. (Source)
10. Fifty-five percent of female physicians and 46 percent of male physicians expressed feelings of burnout, most frequently related to too many bureaucratic tasks, too many work hours, and increasing computerization. (Source)
THE TAKEAWAY: Physicians are feeling the strain of EHR documentation and computer-related tasks, which is some cases, may lead to increased likelihood of burnout. EHR customization and optimization can streamline time spent in the EHR and cloud-based dictation offers one solution to alleviate the documentation burden.
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