New study links healthcare IT maturity with improved clinical outcomes in NHS

A correlation between the maturity of IT within NHS hospitals and improvements to patient outcomes has been distinguished in a new study from HIMSS UK.

The research, which combines data from 91 NHS hospitals in England together with HIMSS Europe’s proprietary EMRAM capability data (Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model) demonstrates that those hospitals that have a score of EMRAM Stage 4 and above, have a lower Summary Hospital-Level Mortality Indicator (SHMI).

John Rayner, Director of Professional Development, HIMSS UK said the findings are a key justification of the investment in healthcare IT going forward: “This report asks us to accept as a general principle that hospitals that are more digitally mature can provide greater levels of patient safety and are more productive than hospitals that have not made investments in technology.

“The indicators that have been used as evidence are the foundations of a more compelling case on which we will build on but the report provides some real and long-awaited assurances that IT investment has absolute links to improving patient care and quality.”

In addition to a decline in mortality rates, the study titled  ‘Evidence of the Effects of Healthcare IT on Healthcare Outcomes,’ also found evidence of a positive correlation between EMR capabilities and imaging workflow performance, whereby  digitised imaging departments were  more efficient and effective at  staying on top of workflow management.

The study, methodology and findings can be downloaded here.

Related reading