7 Trends Healthcare Experts Anticipate in 2014

January 3, 2014

HIMSS14 has a powerful lineup prepared for Views from the Top education sessions. Speakers include healthcare innovators, a New York Times bestselling author, CIOs and the chief physician of Disney Parks. Who better to ask for insight on trends in store for 2014? Read on to see what the experts are expecting in the new year.

  1. Move to integrated systems.
    Eli Tarlow, CPHIMS, CHCIO, Chief Information Officer, for South Manhattan Healthcare Network, said his organization is working to implement a new EHR that offers additional features and consolidates existing applications. “This ‘best of suite’ approach has become a more common industry trend replacing the ‘best of breed’ approach seen over the last 10-15 years. Moving from an environment of interfaced systems to integrated systems will continue to tighten the value IT can bring in helping to improve patient care.”

  2. Focus on interoperability among non-traditional healthcare settings.
    Hospitals and outpatient clinics have been investing in health IT for years. But Lake Nona Senior Vice President Thaddeus Seymour Jr., PhD, sees a growing importance of new retail settings like pre- and post-acute care organizations or the home when planning and deploying integrated health IT solutions in the future.

  3. IT departments will take a role in ensuring business continuity.
    Healthcare IT departments need to continue leading organizations in adopting cutting edge technology solutions,” says Tarlow. “However at the same time they need to remain focused on the endless amount of ‘what if’ scenarios, and working closely with the business, plan for each element of technology to potentially fail or become unavailable. There's no plan A, without a Plan B.”

  4. Implement quality broadband and mobile infrastructures.
    Lake Nona is working to implement a fiber and mobile infrastructure that is second to none, according to Seymour. He also mentioned their focus on including traditional healthcare venues in the process.

  5. Update health IT strategy to include consumerization of healthcare and aging population.
    Seymour noted these two trends as future barriers. “Each has huge cost implications, and each can be addressed through thoughtful, integrated health IT investment.”

  6. Continued focus on patient engagement. 
    “We are focused on how to use health IT more effectively in engaging consumers in their own health,” said Seymour. ”As a group of partners building a ‘Medical City’ at the core of an entire new community, we constantly think beyond the traditional organizational boundaries that have defined us in the past.  That is very exciting, but demands new ways of thinking about data standards, security, confidentiality, analytics, and usability.”

  7. Medical transparency as the future of quality improvement.
    “New metrics of quality are being developed and will soon drive the healthcare marketplace,” said Marty Makary, MD, MPH, New York Times best-selling author. “Many of these metrics can be captured through smart information systems that already exist at hospitals.” He believes transparency can be the ticket to better treatment. “Isolated examples of success with everything from videotaping of procedures to ACO outcomes available online demonstrate the range of applications of medical transparency.”

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