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HIPAA rules, outdated tech cost U.S. hospitals $8.3B a year

Lucas Mearian | May 8, 2013
The healthcare law is also blamed for less efficient patient care, Ponemon survey indicates

The Ponemon Institute estimates that the lengthy discharge process costs the U.S. hospital industry more than $3.189 billion a year in lost revenue, with another $5 billion lost through decreased doctor productivity and the use of pagers and other outdated communications technologies.

Sixty-five percent of respondents believe secure text messaging could cut discharge time by 50 minutes.

According to the study, clinicians waste an average of 46 minutes each day due to the use of outdated technologies. The primary reason is the inefficiency of pagers (as cited by 52% of survey respondents), followed by the lack of Wi-Fi availability (39%) and the inadequacy of email (38%).

The study was sponsored by Imprivata a healthcare security software and services company.

 

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