Top 10 IT predictions for healthcare industry in 2013

Infotech Lead America: IDC’s 10 IT predictions for healthcare industry in 2013 say that platform-as-a-service will emerge as a viable infrastructure option.

“Healthcare organizations are being asked to change at record speed. This transformation creates significant change management issues across the business. The way we deliver care to patients, the way we are paid, and the way we own and operate IT are all changing in response to healthcare reform and the emergence of accountable care,” said Scott Lundstrom, group vice president, IDC Health Insights.

Prediction 1 – Health Reform: Status Quo Persists After the 2012 Elections

Prediction 2 – Meaningful Use a Work in Progress, But Providers Start to Look Ahead

Prediction 3 – 34 States Will Not Have an Operational HIE in 2013 – Expect Delays

Prediction 4 – ACOs Will Lay Foundational Groundwork Before Investing Widely

Prediction 5 – Consumers Begin to Abandon PCs; Embrace Mobile for Internet Use

Prediction 6 – The Doctor Will See You Now Online

Prediction 7 – Large Payers Become Technology Suppliers

Prediction 8 – Platform-as-a-Service Emerges As a Viable Infrastructure Option

Prediction 9 – Translational Research Will Break Through to the Clinic

Prediction 10 – Managing Chaos and Uncertainty Will Be the Biggest Challenge

IDC said to survive, health organizations need to become agile businesses that delivery high quality patient outcomes at a reduced cost. Information technology will play a key role in delivering these improvements.

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