The COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare facilities to make technology upgrades that would normally have taken years, according to a new study commissioned by Google Cloud.
The study, conducted by research and analysis firm The Harris Poll, highlights how the pandemic has reshaped the role of technology in healthcare and how it is changing the day-to-day operations of physicians in the United States. part was completed in June 2021.
According to the study, telehealth has experienced substantial year-over-year (YOY) growth, from nearly 32% in February 2020 to 90% in 2021. Here are the main highlights of the survey commissioned by Google Cloud:
- 45% of doctors say COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of technology adoption by their organization while 62% say the pandemic has forced their healthcare organization to make technology upgrades that would normally have taken years.
- 48% of physicians would like to have access to telehealth capabilities within the next five years.
- Despite technological leaps during the pandemic, most doctors still believe the healthcare industry is lagging behind in technology adoption, with more than half describing the industry as lagging behind industries. games, telecommunications and financial services. However, they recognize the opportunity for technological support and advancement.
- The majority of physicians believe that increased data interoperability will dramatically reduce diagnostic time for patients, resulting in better patient experiences and outcomes.
- Around 55% of physicians believe that increased access to data through technology has had a positive impact on their entire healthcare organization and nearly 90% say they are increasingly looking for ways to bring together all patient data in one place for a more comprehensive view of health. .
- Familiarity with the new interoperability rules of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHHS) has clearly grown – from 64% in 2020 to 74% in 2021.
Google says it was founded on the idea that bringing more information to more people improves lives on a large scale. For example, its healthcare data engine makes it easier for healthcare and life science leaders to make smart, real-time decisions with breakthrough clinical, operational and scientific information.