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Through the HIMSS Foundation, The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information Technology Research and Education helps meet the academic and global demand for healthcare information technology data to improve patient care. This online resource was created by a generous donation from Sheldon I. Dorenfest, President/CEO of The Dorenfest Group in Chicago, Illinois.

The Dorenfest Institute provides a variety of detailed historical data, reports, and white papers about information technology (IT) 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.

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Annual Reports of the U.S. Hospital IT Market - read more >>

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 The 2013 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market was produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS AnalyticsTM LLC, a wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data used in the study comes from the HIMSS Analytics® Database 2012. This report provides valuable new insights into the world of healthcare IT, as well as the latest analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors (e.g., bed size, hospital type and census regions). This report showcases data from 4,200 American hospitals on more than 100 applications and technologies is provided.

 The 2012 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market was produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS AnalyticsTM LLC, a wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data used in the study comes from the HIMSS Analytics® Database 2011. Get valuable new insights into the world of healthcare IT and the latest analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors (e.g., bed size, hospital type and census regions). Information gathered from nearly 4,300 American hospitals on more than 113 applications and technologies is provided. This valuable edition evaluates the financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals, and provides real-world examples of the benefits and the value propositions of EMRs.

 The 2011 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Marketwas produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS AnalyticsTM LLC, a wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data used in the study comes from the HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database. 2011. Get valuable new insights into the world of healthcare IT and the latest analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors (e.g., bed size, hospital type and census regions). Information gathered from 4,100+ American hospitals on more than 113 applications and technologies is provided. This valuable edition evaluates the financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals, and provides real-world examples of the benefits and the value propositions of EMRs. Get the latest analysis and research findings on:

  • Industry Overview
  • 2010 Hospital IT Operating Expenses
  • Financial Management Environments
  • Financial Decision Support Environments
  • Human Resource Environments
  • Revenue Cycle Management Environments
  • Next Generation Revenue Cycle Management Index
  • Health Information Management Environments
  • Nursing Applications Environments
  • Ancillary/Department Clinical System Environments
  • Operating Room Environments
  • Hospital Affiliated Ambulatory System Environments
  • Radiology PACS Environments
  • Cardiology PACS Environments
  • Bar Code Technology Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM)

The 2010 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market was produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS AnalyticsÔ LLC, the wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data used in the study comes from the HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database.  This edition presents valuable new insights into the world of healthcare IT and the latest analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors (e.g., bed size, hospital type, and census regions). Information gathered from 5,000+ American hospitals on more than 120 applications and technologies is provided. This valuable edition evaluates the financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals, and provides real-world examples of the benefits and the value propositions of EMRs. This edition presents analysis and research findings on the following:

  • 2009 Hospital IT Operating Expenses
  • Industry Overview
  • Revenue Cycle Management Environments
  • Financial Management Environments
  • Financial Decision Support Environments
  • Health Information Management Environments
  • Ancillary/Department Clinical Systems Environments
  • Radiology PACS Environments
  • Cardiology PACS Environments
  • Hospital Affiliated Ambulatory System Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Environments
  • Bar Code Technology Environments
  • Nursing Applications Environments
  • Operating Room Environments
  • Human Resource Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM)
  • Document Management Environment
  • Next Generation Revenue Cycle Management Index

The 2009 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market is produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS AnalyticsÔ LLC, the wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data used in the study comes from the HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database. This edition includes insights into the world of healthcare IT and the latest analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors (e.g., bed size, hospital type, and census regions). Information gathered from 5,000+ American hospitals on more than 120 applications and technologies is provided. This valuable edition evaluates the financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals, and includes analysis and research findings on

  • 2008 Hospital IT Operating Expenses
  • Industry Overview
  • Revenue Cycle Management Environments         
  • Financial Management Environments
  • Financial Decision Support Environments
  • Health Information Management Environments
  • Ancillary/Department Clinical Systems Environments
  • Radiology PACS Environments
  • Cardiology PACS Environments
  • Hospital Affiliated Ambulatory System Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Environments
  • Bar Code Technology Environments
  • Nursing Applications Environments
  • Operating Room Environments
  • Human Resource Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM)
  • Document Management Environment
  • Next Generation Revenue Cycle Management Index

The 2008 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market was produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS Analytics™ LLC, the wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data from HIMSS Analytics™ Database 2007 (derived from the Dorenfest IHDS+ Database™). 

This report contains insights into the world of healthcare IT and analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors (e.g., bed size, hospital type, and census regions). Information gathered from 4,000+ American hospitals on more than 100 applications and technologies is provided. This valuable edition evaluates the financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals, and includes analysis and research findings on the following:

  • 2007 Hospital IT Operating Expenses
  • Industry Overview
  • Revenue Cycle Management Environments
  • Financial Management Environments
  • Financial Decision Support Environments
  • Health Information Management Environments
  • Ancillary/Department Clinical Systems Environments
  • Radiology PACS Environments
  • Cardiology PACS Environments
  • Hospital Affiliated Ambulatory System Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Environments
  • Bar Code Technology Environments
  • Nursing Applications Environments
  • Operating Room Environments
  • Human Resource Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM)
  • Document Management Environment
  • Next Generation Revenue Cycle Management Index

The 2007 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market was produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS Analytics™ LLD, the wholly-owned market research arm of HIMSS. Data is from the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.

Get valuable insights into the world of healthcare IT and analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors. Information gathered from 4,000+ American hospitals on more than 100 applications and technologies is provided. This valuable edition evaluates the financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals.

This report includes analysis and research findings on

  • 2006 Hospital IT Budgets
  • 2007 Market Overview
  • Revenue Cycle Management Environments
  • Financial Management Environments
  • Financial Decision Support Environments
  • Health Information Management Environments
  • Ancillary/Department Clinical Systems Environments
  • Radiology PACS Environments
  • Cardiology PACS Environments
  • Hospital Affiliated Ambulatory System Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Environments
  • Bar Code Technology Environments
  • Nursing Applications Environments
  • Operating Room Environments
  • Human Resource Environments
  • Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EHRAM)

The 2006 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market was produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS Analytics™ LLC, the wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data is from the HIMSS Analytics™ Database 2005.

Information gathered from over 4,000 American hospitals on more than 100 applications and technologies represents a significant expansion over the 2005 report. This valuable edition features new categories,  including nursing, operating room and cardiology PACS to further extend the evaluation of financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals. The report includes analysis and research findings on the following:

  • 2005 hospital IT budgets
  • Revenue cycle management environments
  • Financial management environments
  • Financial decision support environments
  • Health information management environments
  • Ancillary/department clinical systems environments
  • Radiology PACS environments
  • Cardiology PACS environments
  • Hospital affiliated ambulatory system environments
  • Electronic medical record environments
  • Bar code technology environments
  • Nursing application environments
  • Operating room environments
  • Human resources environments

The Annual Report of the US Hospital IT Market examines the state of the U.S. hospital information technology market. Using complete 2004 and first quarter 2005 data, the report examines hospital budgets as well as financial, technology, and department environments. The data is from HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database. Key findings of the report include:

  • The under-investment in IT continues.
  • Emerging replacement technologies and applications in the electronic medical record (EMR) environment will significantly impact current legacy applications.
  • Interoperability concerns, driven by increasing EMR implementation, are impacting ancillary and clinical department applications as well as regional health information organizations.
  • Enterprise resource planning has just begun to penetrate the market—fewer than one in five hospitals use this technology.

A pdf of that report is attached here. The report was published by HIMSS Analytics and HIMSS, and is provided here courtesy of The Dorenfest Institute. You do not have to register to access this report.

The Clinical Systems Hospital IT Market, 1998-2005 - read more >>

This report surveys each of the 12 applications associated with the clinical systems arena: abstracting, chart deficiency, chart tracking/locator, clinical data repository, clinical decision support, enterprise EMR, enterprise master person index, laboratory information systems, pharmacy management information systems, point of care, radiology, and surgery (recently divided into four sub-categories for tracking purposes). These are applications that physicians, nurses and other practitioners use daily to collect and track patient data to improve care decisions and increase hospital productivity. The applications also capture patient demographics to support various clinical processes and to assist in procedures tracking, ensuring appropriate billing after completion of treatment.

The report summarizes and analyzes the trends for these systems during the period 1998-2005, including the growing dominance of some companies in regard to market share. The first section of the report provides a brief overview of the market (including a discussion of mergers/acquisitions and key players). The second section provides an application by application view of the market, with changes in installation rates over the time period covered in this report, the key vendors for each application and a summary of key issues related to that particular application.

Requests for permission to reproduce or photocopy any part of this report should be sent to Jennifer Horowitz at jhorowitz@himss.org.

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The Financial Systems Hospital IT Market, 1998-2005 - read more >>

This report surveys 12 of the common applications within the financial systems arena: accounts payable, benefits administration, case mix management, cost accounting, credit/collections, electronic claims, executive information systems, general ledger, materials management, patient billing, payroll, and registration/ADT. The report offers a closer look at each application in detail, while highlighting any noteworthy developments, such as acquisitions or significant increases in market share. Accompanying charts provide snapshots of the ever-changing positioning of the top 10 vendors in each segment.

The first section of the report provides a brief overview of the market (including a discussion of mergers/acquisitions and key players). The second section provides an application by application view of the market, with changes in installation rates over the time period covered in this report, the key vendors for each application and a summary of key issues related to that particular application.

Requests for permission to reproduce or photocopy any part of this report should be sent to Jennifer Horowitz at jhorowitz@himss.org.

>> Download the The Financial Systems Hospital IT Market, 1998-2005