Healthcare Moves Ahead in 2018 After Uncertainty

Insights posted on 1-10-2018 by Melinda Gales

Healthcare lessons learned from 2017

We offer these three reliable media sources (not Fake News) with summaries from 2017:

FierceHealthcare – Top Headlines

Becker’s Hospital Review – Top Ten Trends

Healthcare IT News – Top Collections of Predictions, Events, Cybersecurity, VA news, Interviews, Big Changes, Emerging Trends and Popular Stories

Don’t have time to read these yourselves? Here are Virsys12’s ‘top of the top’ health tech take-a-ways for you in 2018:

1. Cloud computing is the way of healthcare’s future…connecting care provider and patient no matter where they are. There are now many referenceable health systems who have navigated the CapEx vs. OpEx battle and have made the leap.
2. Mergers and Acquisitions will continue and that means marriage or divorce for data in redundant applications or silos. Think about exchangeable data and ‘platform first’ for accuracy and efficiency.
3. Just because your EHR costs that much doesn’t mean it was built to manage the workflows outside of the patient’s health record. No matter what they tell you.
4. Cybersecurity is more important than ever. Just ask one of the hospitals who were attacked in 2017. Be sure your tech stack is not only HIPAA compliant, but hacker protected.
5. AI and Blockchain are no longer restricted to science fiction, and they will continue to be included in strategy plans if not in actual testing scenarios or real-world use this year.

In summary, Healthcare (and healthcare technology) continues to change, and change is the one thing we can be sure of this year. While many organizations pursued business models based on value-based care, progress in this area slowed, which means not everyone will be on board in ‘18 but progress continues [more at Becker’s CFO Report – 2018 Trends]. Health systems who tested the waters as payers came to understand risk management is a different business than providing care. New players emerged in Apple, Amazon, Walmart and CVS. Bottom-line, no matter how you grow your healthcare business in 2018, you need technology that is flexible, scalable, and open for data sharing to survive…and thrive. No red ‘silo’ cup for healthcare success.

Healthcare is complicated, and no end-of-the-year list will simplify the issues. Review, reflect, and retain the right knowledge to move forward for a better tomorrow.