10 health IT happenings we’re thankful for in 2018

10 health IT happenings we're thankful for in 2018

Because the 2018 vacation season kicks off and folks throughout the nation collect to replicate on all the pieces they must be pleased about, there’s the normal core of household, associates and meals, after all. Within the well being IT house we even have loads of causes to provide thanks: new improvements, encouraging progress on longstanding challenges and extra.

Let’s check out a few of the most necessary and inspiring well being IT developments that we’re grateful for this week.

1. The long run might be data-driven, patient-centric and outdoors a hospital. The sensible futurist Michael Rogers sketched what care supply may appear to be within the late 2020s. Amongst his prediction: cubicles bearing good sensors, 8K screens so sufferers can work together with clinicians, and diagnostic units, amongst different cutting-edge tech.

2. Interoperability simply had a giant second. CommonWell simply this week applied Carequality’s nationwide connection which means hospitals collaborating to both can entry information from every other member, no matter which EHRs are used. Micky Tripathi, CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and a board member of each CommonWell and The Sequoia Challenge overseeing Carequality referred to as the event “a signature second for nationwide interoperability.”

three. Innovation is in all places. So we dove deep again in September and these three charts clarify the place healthcare is headed. Whereas it’ll take quite a lot of work to get there, it is encouraging that interoperability, affected person expertise and telehealth are the Prime three priorities. Different notables embody: affected person security, pop well being and precision medication.

four. Affected person engagement and expertise are poised for large enhancements. For one factor, they’re going to incorporate utilized intelligence and omni-channel messaging. As a result of we’re all sufferers, in spite of everything, it is welcome that the subsequent era of those applied sciences are already shaping as much as complement pressing and even retail take care of low-acuity conditions.

5. We have gone world. Sure, this one is private. Within the fourth calendar quarter of 2018, Healthcare IT Information and our sister web site MobiHealthNews launched world websites and newsletters to serve readers in AsiaPac, Europe/UK and elsewhere. Why? The rising realization that well being IT execs, distributors and hospitals are going through the identical existential challenges amid digital transformation.

6. “Scientific wellness” is coming. It is not a completely new phrase, only one that has but to realize the heft and ubiquity of precision medication or customized well being. However that simply may change quickly. “Over the subsequent 10-15 years there might be a scientific wellness trade in distinction to the illness trade and the market cap will far exceed that of the illness trade,” mentioned Leroy Hood, Chief Science Officer at Windfall St. Joseph. Items within the scientific wellness puzzle will embody AI, programs biology, huge information analytics, social networks and precision medication.

7. AI voice assistants are already making an impression in healthcare. In October, 2018 was dubbed the yr of the voice tech pilot, the truth is. Tech-savvy well being programs together with Beth Israel Deaconess, Northwell Well being and the Commonwealth Care Alliance are already operating pilots and proofs of idea. That mentioned, it is also true that some predict 2019 would be the yr of unhealthy person expertise for voice. Nonetheless, we’re grateful for that too: Software program growth is all the time an iterative course of, and setbacks are necessary to the march of progress.

eight. The development of the well being IT trade is “acceleration past the EMR.” These are the phrases of Blain Newton, government vp of our sister unit, HIMSS Analytics. He added that change is manifesting “in just a few alternative ways.” This is a touch: blockchain, cloud computing, EHRs and interoperability, patient-generated well being information, even provide chain.

9. Regulatory reduction is at the least beginning to roll. The Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Companies over the summer time launched what it referred to as historic adjustments within the type of proposed rulemaking that can, it mentioned, convey huge changes to fee packages, incentivize telehealth and digital care and make it simpler for hospitals to share information with one another. We’re grateful for the initiative – which isn’t essentially to say we’re relying on something turning out precisely the best way the proposed rule says it’ll. However it’s additionally value noting that the transfer drew principally reward from trade commerce teams.

10. HIPAA might quickly be tailored to the digital age. Very like quantity 9, this one will not occur shortly. However a Well being and Human Companies Division request for info relative to overhauling HIPAA moved alongside to the Workplace of Administration and Finances for overview. A small step, certainly, and one which many have folks have been saying is required for years now.

Most of all, we at Healthcare IT Information are grateful for you, our readers — and we hope that Thanksgiving is a superb kickoff to your vacation season.

Twitter: SullyHITEmail the author: tom.sullivan@himssmedia.com

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