It’s the end of the year and everyone is starting their predictions for the new year. Here are my top 3 predictions for Healthcare.
1. Telehealth Dominates
Telehealth had a great year in 2015. From an upstart technology in 2014, 2015 showed real usage and real numbers. There are lots of pilot projects that have shown that you can receive better and cheaper care, especially in rural settings.
The break out for 2016 will be larger health systems moving from thinking about it to doing something about it. Current challenges around communication infrastructure will be solved by large players like Verizon, making the reality of full stream video a reality, no matter where you live.
2. Analytics Breaks the Top 3
It’s well known in the software and hardware world that if you’re not in the top 3 problems that the C-Suite is focused on, you’re probably not going to sell much. I think that 2016 is going to be the year that analytics becomes the #3 priority for Health System CIO’s (behind security and IoT).
Up to this point, there has been a lot of talk about how analytics can solve problems, ranging from Readmissions to Improved Patient Flow, but there haven’t been enough success stories to show a big financial benefit. This is the year that plucky upstarts in Health IT storm the castle and show Healthcare what the rest of the world has already learned about unlocking big data.
3. Device Hacking Becomes All Too Real
There has been plenty of press over the last couple of years about how insecure biotech devices are. Whether it’s pacemakers or blood pressure monitors, the hospital setting is ripe for full scale attacks. Up to this point, most security issues have been proof of concept. As health care related data becomes more valuable for criminals they will continue to seek attack vectors that are easy to penetrate. I think that 2016 is the year that we see the first real attack on a health system that stems from insecure, networked devices in the ambulatory environment.
We’ll recap at the end of 2016 and see how close we hit the mark.