Healthcare leaders are prioritizing patient outcomes — not costs — in 2019

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Improving patient outcomes is the top priority for U.S. healthcare leaders in 2019, rather than reducing costs, according to a survey by Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies.

Five takeaways from Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies' second annual survey of health system executives and clinicians:

1. Fifty-seven percent of health system leaders executives and clinicians ranked improving patient outcomes as a main focus in 2019, up from 48 percent in 2018.

2. Reducing costs was identified as a top priority for 55 percent of health system leaders, down from 75 percent in 2018.

3. Improving operational efficiency was cited as a high priority for 75 percent of clinicians and 95 percent of executives.

4. Fifty-eight percent of health system leaders said an optimized supply chain would reduce costs, and 49 percent said it would drive overall operational efficiency.

5. For 73 percent of clinicians and 60 percent of executives, the top cause of burnout was insufficient time for patient care due to administrative burdens.

"We are seeing a trend among health systems toward more holistic solutions that can truly impact the patient experience, strengthen the wellbeing of healthcare professionals and ultimately improve the bottom line," said Melinda Thiel, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies' vice president of health system value transformation.

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