Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New U.S. Hospital IT Data Released for Research Purposes

New U.S. Hospital IT Data Released for Research Purposes

For five years, the Dorenfest Institute has provided historical data on health information technology use in the hospital market

The 2009 data on the U.S. hospital IT market and updated 2008 data from the HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database has been released by The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information Technology, Research and Education, managed by the HIMSS Foundation. The Dorenfest Institute provides a variety of detailed historical data, reports and white papers about information technology use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks at no charge to universities, students under university license, U.S. governments (local, state and federal), and governments of other countries that will be using the data for research purposes.
The newly released 2008 data from the HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database covers IT use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks. The release of the 2008 data expands the current library of the Dorenfest 3000+ Databases™ and Dorenfest Integrated Healthcare Delivery System Databases™ for the period 1986 through 2008, as well as many publications on IT use in the healthcare industry during that same time period.
The 2009 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market, also now available in pdf format on the Dorenfest Institute Web site, presents the state of the U.S. hospital IT market. The report examines hospital budgets as well as financial, technology, and department environments and presents key findings on IT investment and enterprise resource planning. The data is from HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database. The 2005 through 2008 reports are also available on the site.

“These updated data and market reports, along with the legacy of the Dorenfest healthcare IT databases, support the critical research that is needed to improve outcomes from healthcare IT investment projects,” said Sheldon I. Dorenfest, president/CEO of the Dorenfest Group in Chicago. The Dorenfest Group is a leading consultant and source of knowledge about the healthcare information technology industry.

The Dorenfest Institute was formed in January 2005 to further the interest in and benefits associated with ongoing research in health IT. This followed a generous donation of his company and its historical data assets to HIMSS Foundation by Dorenfest to further the interest in and benefits associated with ongoing research in health IT.

The complete listing of databases and publications available from the Dorenfest Institute is available at www.himss.org/dorenfestinstitute, including an online registration form for access to all of the data. Contact foundation@himss.org for more information on the Dorenfest Institute.   

“With the release of this historical data from the Dorenfest Institute and HIMSS Analytics, the HIMSS Foundation continues to support universities and government agencies in their research efforts and study of health information technology and management systems,” said R. Norris Orms, FACHE, CAE, Executive Director of the HIMSS Foundation.

About HIMSS Foundation
Established in 1986, the HIMSS Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, providing support and assistance to the organization, its members, and the industry. The HIMSS Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable scientific and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Projects that the Foundation supports include: scholarships for students in healthcare IT-related fields, and relief and assistance for need-based programs such as the Katrina Phoenix Project.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.

About The Dorenfest Group
The Dorenfest Group is a leading source of knowledge about the worldwide healthcare industry and its improvements needs. Providing a variety of consulting services throughout the world, The Dorenfest Group focuses these services on improving healthcare while reducing costs by helping its clients to improve work processes, management systems, and quality of medical care.

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