Research Findings: Strong Collaboration Between Clinical and IT Leaders Supports Better Safety and Quality

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In the course of delivering care, clinical team members at hospitals and health systems increasingly interact with information technologies designed to facilitate, streamline, and document care. For these clinical IT systems to deliver on their promises, they must be designed and deployed in a way that supports rather than hinders clinical workflows and communication. To achieve optimal outcomes, these systems require a new depth and degree of collaboration between clinical leaders who understand medical and nursing care, and IT leaders who understand technical integration and security requirements.

To explore how IT and clinical leaders at hospitals and health systems are collaborating to source and implement clinical IT solutions, Vocera® worked with HIMSS Analytics to survey 124 clinical and IT leaders at health systems, hospitals, and outpatient facilities. Eighty-eight percent of respondents were from hospitals with more than 100 beds, 15% from hospitals with 101-250 beds, 17% from hospitals with 251-500 beds, and 56% from hospitals with more than 501 beds. The survey was conducted before and during the HIMSS 2017 conference in Orlando, FL.

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