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Five Trends Will Reshape Health Information Technology In 2013

Mobile Health. This segment of the industry offers the most promise. It's no exaggeration to describe consumers' and physicians' embrace of mobile health apps, smartphones, and tablets as transformational.

Personal Health Records. Speaking of stickiness, PHRs seem to have none. Until recently few consumers have signed on for standalone PHRs, and I've devoted a fair amount of digital ink to reasons why that's the case. But that will likely change in the next year or so--at least for those consumers who have the most skin in the game, namely patients with chronic, life-threatening disorders.I suspect so-called "interactive PHRs" will catch on in 2013. These digital tools link personal health records to electronic health records.

Telemedicine. Several large healthcare systems have established relationships with telemed companies. American Well, for instance, recently teamed up with Tampa-based University of Southern Florida Health to provide telehealth services to residents of The Villages, a large retirement community northwest of Orlando. The company has also partnered with Allscripts to integrate telehealth functionality into patients' EHRs. The system is being piloted at USF Health, and the EHR vendor plans to expand it to selected customers nationwide in January, 2013.

EHR vendor shakeout. Healthcare providers have more than 600 certified EHR systems to choose from if they want to qualify for Meaningful Use financial incentives. It's likely many of these vendors won't survive 2013 for several reasons. Some smaller companies have jumped into the market too quickly, hoping to get a quick return on their investment without making much of an investment to begin with.

Clinical Analytics Most EHR systems fall short when it comes to heavy duty analytics. Many can generate simple reports but that's just not enough to meet the demands placed upon providers to meet various government mandates on interoperability and clinical performance. And providers are starting to see that EHRs by themselves have limited potential.

Close to half of providers expect to add technical analysts in the next two years, while 35% will hire additional clinical informaticists, according to the survey. Some 70% of insurance companies will boost staffing on the technical side of clinical analytics and 30% will add informaticists. (Information noted above extracted from InformationWeek Healthcare)

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