Says Erin McCann, Managing Editor at Healthcare IT News, “For those healthcare providers still resistant to technology, you’ve got a problem on your hands: you’re going to be left behind.” She cites the following five trends from Accenture’s report, Healthcare Technology Vision 2015:

The “platform revolution”

The increasing number of mobile and cloud platforms that enable interoperability to capture data from disparate sources—such as wearables, phones, and glucometers—and assemble it provide both patient and caregiver with a broader, real-time view of the patient’s health.

The “outcome economy”

Patients, providers, and insurance companies alike are looking for the best possible outcomes in the greatest number of people for the lowest expense. Today’s hardware provides better intelligence than ever, makes patient data access more convenient, and ultimately leads to better outcomes.

The data explosion

Big data has grown bigger, and 41% of healthcare executives say the date volume their organization manages has increased 50% the past year. In the future, as this trend continues electronic medical records (EMR) will record a lifetime’s worth of data, and may even enable some types of self-diagnosis. Despite the trend, at present only 28% of doctors regularly use computerized physician order entry (CPOE).

The “Internet of me”

This is personalized medicine based on investment in new technologies and systems capabilities that achieve positive results. An overwhelming 73% of healthcare executives surveyed say they’ve seen return on investment in personalization technology.

The workforce reimagined

According to Accenture data, 66% of healthcare systems in the U.S. will have self-scheduling by the beginning of 2020. And nearly half of healthcare executives agree that within three years they will need to focus as much on training machines as on training people.

Although there are very real concerns about technology breaches and patient confidentiality, the benefits outweigh the risks. Machine learning and intelligent software will make it possible for the patients to become part of their own care-giving team.

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