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– Health Organizations: AI is Not Their Primary Technology Concern

Most are more concerned with getting more out of their electronic health records and improving comm…

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Health organizations have indicated that AI [Artificial Intelligence] is not their primary technological concern. A recent study by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) revealed that extracting more data from electronic health records ranks highest on their agenda.

Nevertheless, AI [Artificial Intelligence] did not rank lowest in a recent survey of the top technology priorities for healthcare organizations.

In a recent survey conducted by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) among its members, the majority of respondents emphasized that optimizing the functionality of their electronic health records remains their top priority.

As per the MGMA Stat poll, over a third (35%) of respondents identified extracting more information from their electronic health records as their primary technological challenge.

Health organizations aim to improve the interoperability of their EHR [Electronic Health Record] systems with other healthcare platforms.

Numerous physicians and medical institutions have expressed frustration with the complexities of their electronic health record systems. The excessive time spent on administrative tasks by doctors is frequently cited as a significant contributor to fatigue and stress.

Enhancing patient communication emerged as the next critical technological concern for medical organizations. Approximately a quarter of respondents (26%) expressed a need for improved solutions for patient engagement and communication.

Respondents highlighted the importance of streamlining tasks such as managing phone calls, scheduling appointments efficiently, and overseeing patient portals to enhance operational efficiency.

Medical institutions expressed a desire to invest more in their online platforms to enable patients to self-schedule appointments. By reducing appointment no-shows and optimizing staff utilization, healthcare providers aim to enhance overall operational efficiency.

More than one in five respondents (21%) expressed an interest in modernizing their billing systems through innovative technologies.

Respondents indicated a preference for automating routine administrative tasks related to billing processes to enhance efficiency and accelerate payment cycles. Leveraging online tools for revenue cycle management and expedited payments is a priority for healthcare organizations facing challenges in staffing billing positions.

AI [Artificial Intelligence] ranked fourth among the technological challenges faced by medical teams, following other pressing issues.

Approximately one in eight medical groups (13%) identified artificial intelligence as their top technological priority. While previous MGMA surveys have shown limited adoption of AI tools within medical organizations, a recent survey in September reported a 21% increase in the extensive use of AI technologies.

Healthcare professionals have lauded the transformative potential of AI in revolutionizing personalized patient care, particularly in early disease detection. However, concerns about the potential for AI tools to exhibit racial bias have prompted researchers to advocate for cautious and ethical deployment of AI in healthcare settings.

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