Healthcare Execs Are Increasingly Relying On Technology

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Healthcare executives are becoming increasingly more reliant on healthcare technology, according tonew researchfromThe Economistand RICOH Europe. The s...

Healthcare executives are becoming increasingly more reliant on healthcare technology, according to new research from The Economist and RICOH Europe.

The study received 432 responses from healthcare executives and close to 93 percent said that they've become more reliant on technology and they're positive about the impact it's having on the industry. Approximately 70 percent said the increased use of technology has increased employees' creativity, while 65 percent agreed there is even more room for efficiency gains.

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Interestingly, 35 percent of respondents admitted that a computer-automated decision has cost their organization money recently. An accompanying infographic highlights the numbers.

The respondents said that technology challenges have included evolution that occurs more quickly than internal processes that support it, and poor connectivity. Human intuition, they added, remains necessary for diagnosing patients and developing new treatments and medicines. Only eight percent of those surveyed think human imagination or intuition is needed for management of patient records.

Human resistance to change and difficulty in adapting new technologies are prominent reasons why interacting with new technologies can be a hard transition, states the report. “While technology may augment human potential in some healthcare domains, in others it is being viewed as a means to free up people to perform other activities,” it stated.

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