By Robert Peterson, Liaison Technologies
It’s no surprise that 2014 will be a transformative year for the healthcare industry. As organizations prepare for changes such as the transition to ICD-10 and the impact of the Affordable Care Act, it’s critical to proactively consider the topics that will impact the industry. Here are a few trends we foresee will impact the healthcare industry in 2014:
- Big Data – Now what? It’s no surprise that Big Data will continue to stay at the top of mind for healthcare organizations in 2014. Providers must now take into consideration how they approach Big Data, setting in to place the next steps to turn critical patient information into actionable insights. Collecting patient data across the care continuum allows providers to benefit at a practice level, doling out faster and improved treatment plans to their patients. At a more macro level, providers can benefit by using collected structured and unstructured clinical information to more accurately assess, predict and manage larger patient populations.
- The combined vantage point of clinical, financial and operational data. Providers oftentimes focus on the clinical workflow of their organization to improve patient care. In the coming years, it will be equally as critical to evaluate the financial and operational workflows of running a high performance healthcare organization. This new vantage point, or the “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow, stresses the ability for such solutions to combine and digest clinical, financial and operational data to meet the Triple Aim – improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare.
- Technologies to engage patients for their care and enhance overall care delivery processes. Industry pressures are a critical factor to the way healthcare organizations consider doing business. Compliance to Meaningful Use and ICD-10, for example, reign as a big challenge that providers must overcome in order to get on with business. Add to that the need to engage patients in care and there’s almost too much to consider. Both providers and patients benefit, however, when healthcare organizations partner with strategic vendors who can provide innovative technologies, including mobile features and cloud solutions. On the one hand, providers are armed with automated tools to meet regulatory requirements and enhance business processes. More time, then, can be spent on the patient. On the other hand, innovative technologies can help the patient by meeting consumer expectations of access to lab results, reports and critical clinical data, allowing them to be more active participants in their care journey.
What are some trends you feel will be prominent in 2014? Comment below – we’d love to hear your thoughts!