Top 10 Health IT Predictions for 2015

Cyber security, patient engagement and care coordination top the list of priorities for health care CIOs in 2015, according to a recent report by IDC Health Insights. In order to address these priorities, hospitals will need to rethink their current IT deployments to take advantage of “third platform” technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud. Following are IDC’s top 10 predictions for health IT in 2015.

  1. “Operational inefficiency will become critical at 25 percent of hospitals,” spurring many of those hospitals to develop new plans for their IT deployments – many of which will require budget increases.
  2. By 2015, 50 percent of healthcare organizations will have experienced between one and five cyber-attacks in the previous 12 months – with a third of those attacks successful. Health care CIOs will be required to invest in “a multi-prong security strategy” to prevent disruptions to their organizations’ day-to-day operations and avoid steep fines.
  3. By 2020, 80 percent of health data will pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime, as health care providers continue to leverage hosted infrastructure for data collection, aggregation and analysis.
  4. Approximately 15 percent of hospitals will create comprehensive patient profiles by 2016, enabling them to deliver personalized treatment plans to their patients.
  5. In order to meet consumer demand for a seamless customer experience, 65 percent of transactions with health care organizations will be mobile by 2018. This will require health care organizations to develop “omni-channel strategies” that provide a consistent experience across all patient interactions.
  6. The need to manage patients with chronic conditions will lead 70 percent of health care organizations to invest in consumer-facing mobile apps, wearable health devices, remote monitoring tools, and virtual care. These investments will spur demand for big data and analytics capabilities to support these initiatives.
  7. Big data will become commonplace, with more than half of organizations managing it with routine operational IT by 2018.
  8. As hospitals depend more on outsourced services, “health and life science buyers will demand substantial risk sharing by 2018 to ensure that service providers recognize their growing role in the process and deliver added revenues to high performers at the expense of satisfactory or lesser performers.”
  9. Facing mounting pressure to deliver better outcomes at lower cost, “payers will implement newer reimbursement models for 35 percent of their payments to providers in North America and the European Union within the next 36 months resulting in related investments in quality measurement, payment, and billing systems.”
  10. By 2020, nearly half (42 percent) of digital health care data will be unprotected, as more and more stakeholders depend on bigger and bigger data sets.

With deep health care experience and dedicated, in-house compliance and security teams, HOSTING has helped dozens of health care organizations rebalance their IT investments to prepare for future challenges. Contact us today to learn how we can help your organization leverage its IT assets to maximize operational efficiencies and enhance the patient experience.


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