No matter what industry you’re in, getting back into the swing of things at the beginning of the New Year is always easier said than done. However, after a few weeks everything starts ramping up again and 2016 starts to take-off. This is usually also a time when many industries try to anticipate or predict will happen over the next 12 months. In an industry as complex and big as healthcare technology is it’s hard to be as cut and dry as this is going to happen and this isn’t going to happen. In healthcare it’s more about "this is the direction were headed" and "here’s some educated ideas" on what you might see along the way.
But as with any other industry, healthcare is bound to change, transition, transform or evolve over the course of a year. To help healthcare executives prepare for the year ahead here are three healthcare technology trends you can expect to come across this year.
Team-Based Care Expands with more Focus on Care Management Medical Record
With electronic health records (EHRs) continuing to prove their worth during patient visits, care has started to expand beyond the doctor visit.
It’s becoming more critical especially for the success of care-teams to collect, track and analyze what’s going on between visits. As with any team-based system, communication and information is vital. With care management record, teams can be transparent with one another when it comes to a patient’s care plan or tracking assigned action steps.
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Increasing Demand for Easy to Use Enterprise Healthcare Software
One of the main principals of lean healthcare is eliminating waste, and in this case I’m referring to the wasting of time. One of the most frustrating things for many hospital staff members is dealing with poorly designed healthcare software programs.
This leads to your staff taking longer to finish tasks, more time asking for help, more time waiting for help and ultimately a very unproductive stressful experience. And remember a bad experience for your staff almost always means a bad experience for your patients as well.
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Historically vendors have created healthcare software for the people who are buying it and in most cases the people who buy it are not the people who use it. This leads to all kinds of headaches from a user experience perspective.
However, in 2016 this will start to change with more vendors starting to create healthcare software programs focused on the “consumer-grade” or end user experience. A lot of the times doctors and other hospital staff get labeled as being anti-technology and this isn’t the case, they are “anti-badly designed technology”. Develop something that adds value and they will embrace it like everyone else.
Mobile Device Data and Analytics Will Continue to Grow Inside of the Healthcare Environment
Things like sensors, location-based services, the IoT and other wearable technologies are still new to the world, let alone healthcare. However, the potential that these concepts offer hospitals are immense, both tactically and strategically.
With business intelligence, and operational efficiency, both having more of an impact on patient satisfaction and the delivery of care, it’s no wonder they are an increasingly hot topic among healthcare decision makers.
While wide-scale adoption and deployment might still be a little bit further down the road, smaller use cases will continue to evolve and expand their presence in 2016.