Top Health IT Trends in 2017

Health-ITPharmacy Informatics Officer, Mohamed Magoury, RPh, PMP, CPHIMS was spot on in his statement that says that artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), automation and robotics will have the greatest contribution to the healthcare IT in the upcoming years in the region and worldwide.

According to him, big data analytics and cloud technology will help in creating a more efficient and safe healthcare systems, with new and innovative means of analyzing unprecedented amount of data from various parts of the world. Technologies such as Innovative Smart Devices (CareMedica) and predictive analytics will have the potential to revolutionize healthcare through remote monitoring, disease management, and early disease detection.

This revolution just began as experts predict trends that will define health IT in 2017.

  1. Enhanced Records Collection

There will be a rise in collecting patient data through digital form in 2017 experts predicts.

When it comes to patient data collection, the risk of disruption is terrifying but with technological advancements, this risk is mitigated.

Collecting data using EHR like CareMedica boost the chance of accuracy than from handwritten forms and in 2017, this trend will increase especially among public practitioner.

  1. Improved use of Cloud Technology

This will be another top trend in health IT in 2017 according to experts.

As investment in other healthcare IT accelerates, so will use of cloud based technology.

A recent study by MarketsandMarkets, expects healthcare cloud computing to grow to $9.48 billion by 2020. As different types of technology are brought on within healthcare organizations, the cloud will be the easiest way to connect them and bridge any gaps. As healthcare providers and administrators require greater access and at the same time, greater security, the use of the cloud will be become critical, allowing access to email, data and other resources from any device at any time.

  1. More Accessible Health Care Records

More than ever before, patients and their caregivers will have more access to their health records in 2017. The need to access ones personal medical records quickly and efficiently is on high demand and will yet increase this year.

Adopting technology such as CareMedica for data collection gives patients a way to review and update their information from their personal mobile devices or desktop. This level of involvement can make the patient feel more engaged in their own health keeping in mind that quicker and more accurate information leads to quicker and more accurate treatment decisions.

  1. Increased need for Cybersecurity Measures

No industry is immune to cyber attacks. As hackers and cybercriminals grow more skilled, and more healthcare institutions are moving towards more healthcare IT, the need for cyber security measures has never been greater.

Data shows that healthcare records are a very attractive target. Bloomberg reported that cyber attacks against hospitals have more than doubled in the last five years. In 2017, hospitals must treat cybersecurity measures as a major part of their existing governance, risk management and business continuity framework.

  1. More Efficient processes

As the above trends grow throughout the year, they will require more streamlined processes, something healthcare IT can provide in spades. Collecting and keeping safe the huge amounts of data required in healthcare can slow down every part of the patient journey.

However, IT solutions such as CareMedica are available to mechanize day-to-day processes, keeping information moving securely while freeing up personnel to focus on high-quality patient care.

These and many more will define health IT in 2017.