2017 was a big year in healthcare technology and we are fully expecting to see continued innovation in the field throughout 2018. We turned to the experts in health tech to gather their predictions for what to expect in the coming year. These experts have a diverse background in health tech, and have enjoyed successful careers on the cutting edge of healthcare and technology. Read their expert health tech predictions for 2018 below!
“It’s hard to make just one prediction with so much going on. In terms of breakthroughs, I’m seeing a lot more on AI in healthcare so I would expect to see that develop in 2018. Broadly, I expect to see more of a focus on analytics, population health, patient engagement and telehealth initiatives across healthcare organizations. Cybersecurity will continue to be a priority for CIOs. EMR optimization seems to be never ending, rightly so as organizations figure out how to streamline workflows for clinicians. Operational optimization for IT will be a focus as cost constraints continue for most organizations.”
“In 2018, we’re going to see greater success from healthcare technology startups that are sharply focused on their area of expertise. This means companies are going to outsource other necessary aspects of their business such as hardware production, clinical testing, and software development. Larger companies will also benefit from adopting this model. This is a familiar path for tech companies in most other industries. In 2018, I think we’re finally going to see this trend take root in healthcare tech.”
“An easy way to determine what will be happening in the coming year is to focus on the regulation and what the CMS is pushing. Not that it’s what we should be doing, but with focus flows money. There will be a lot of focus on the Opioid Epidemic, Bundled Payments (which will really drive the importance of the PCP role within healthcare) and a migration from MSSP-based programs to more MA programs (which from a pattern perspective is a great place to start in understanding risk stratification for the larger Population Health). Personally, I would love to see more of a ‘system focus’ on patient safety as hospitals are the #3 killer in America, a customer-centric model of patient care, and a substantial focus on nursing enablement (getting away from the patterns of care to focus on JIT scenarios).”
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