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Three Healthcare IT Trends to Track in 2016

Posted on 07/14/16

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Advancements in hospital IT are foundational to the development and evolution of the healthcare landscape. Hospitals are rapidly becoming more dependent on – and making better use of – technological solutions.

In an article published in Healthcare Informatics, Harold Wolf and Daniel Herman of Chicago-based consulting firm The Charter Group1 explored some of their predictions for 2016’s healthcare IT trends. The theme of the interview was clear – technology-driven interconnectedness is central to the future of the healthcare industry. Clinical surveillance solutions play a key role in enabling that connectivity.

Their discussion in the article reveal the following three clinical surveillance trends sure to characterize the rest of the year – trends that healthcare professionals and those working in healthcare environments, from executives to the IT department, will want to keep a close eye on.

Maximizing the Potential of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Data

Clinical surveillance solutions play a big role in establishing effective connectivity between different parts of a healthcare enterprise, and so we are sure to see more innovative and more comprehensive clinical surveillance implemented as more healthcare providers come to understand its value. Data from electronic health records, the lab and the pharmacy will help clinicians monitor patients, ensuring patients are given the best care possible and that opportunities for intervention are identified.

Raising the Bar for IT

The use of technology in hospitals these days extends far beyond just desktops or laptops. Mobile access, tablet usage and other trends that have impacted the entire world of computing have had a significant impact on how clinicians access information. As clinicians continue to rely on these devices to access hospital networks, mobility will become a more firmly integrated part of clinical surveillance solutions. The best providers will make thoughtful use of this technology and the information it generates.

Enhanced Focus on Cybersecurity

Hospitals want to take advantage of the enhanced patient care capabilities and streamlined regulatory compliance that EHRs and clinical surveillance enable, but they want to do it in a way that neither compromises their patient data nor opens them up to the accompanying HIPAA fines in the wake of a data breach.

For the remainder of 2016 and beyond, hospitals will be focusing resources on learning from the cybersecurity flaws of recent years. More hospitals will be making sure to implement technology solutions that are proven secure and to employ risk management and threat intelligence tactics to maintain top-tier cybersecurity. As the world of healthcare is further enhanced by technology, cybersecurity will continue to become a central priority for providers.

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References:

  1. Landi, Heather. Consultants Weigh In: The Biggest Health IT Trends to Watch For in 2016. Healthcare Informatics, January 21, 2016: http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/consultants-weigh-biggest-health-it-trends-watch-2016

Topics: Clinical Surveillance

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