Recently I was doing an internet search and bumped into an interesting article. It stated that there are 5 trends that will reshape health IT in the year 2013. Those are some serious words.
It seems like taking a closer look. What were these 5 HIT trends? How were they going to change the healthcare IT world?
It's not difficult to see why mobile health is going to be a trend in HIT. Just look at this quote from the Information Week article - "66% cited iPads or other tablets, up from 45% just a year earlier. This love affair continues to develop because tablets give them access to EHR data, drug reference materials, and a host of valuable data that in the past was only available in the office or hospital."
Although personal health records (PHRs) have not taken off yet, it seems like there is a real probability they will when they can be tied to electronic health records. At least that is what some experts believe. In fact, these "interactive PHRs" are something Microsoft is investing in, according tot he article. So, keep your eye on PHRs.
This is something that seems to be picking up steam. Maybe 2013 is the right time for this trend to really affect the HIT landscape. For instance, "Several large healthcare systems have established relationships with telemed companies. American Well, for instance, recently teamed up with Tampa-based University of Southern Florida Health to provide telehealth services to residents of The Villages, a large retirement community northwest of Orlando." The article goes on to list sever other examples.
To begin with, "Healthcare providers have more than 600 certified EHR systems to choose from if they want to qualify for Meaningful Use financial incentives". However, things are likely to be shaken up a bit in 2013. As the article explained, there are many smaller companies who entered the market quickly looking for a quick return on investment. However, it's suspected they may not have the kind of capital it might take to sustain in the long run. In addition, there are some companies that are trying to compete in this industry who are paying so much attention to selling systems that they may not be holding up on the service end. These types of situations on the EHR space may result in significant changes.
EHRs can produce some useful reports. However, with new government mandates on interoperability and performance, EHRs just can't provide the kind of intricate analytics that meet these demands. That said, look for this trend to continue into the foreseeable future.
So, will these trends affect you in 2013?
Even if these particular health IT trends don't affect you in the short term, it's only a matter of time IT pros will have to have the answers for their healthcare organizations. As always, it's good to keep an eye on these trends.
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