In the last few years, the healthcare industry experienced a great makeover due to radical changes in Healthcare IT. In 2010, the United States federal statute signed “Obamacare”, the most significant regulatory overhaul. After this, the entire healthcare industry experienced rapid changes in technology and compliance. In 2010, the goal for most of the physicians and large hospitals was to implement EHR systems and technologies. As we enter 2015, most physicians and big hospitals have moved from paper to EHRs. So what is next on the menu for EHR?
The focus of Healthcare IT for the next two years will be more than EHR development and implementation. Changes in healthcare compliance until 2020 and secondly the new technologies will open new avenues to the Healthcare IT business. Currently, the pain area healthcare professionals are facing is interoperability between multiple healthcare entities such as patients, hospitals, labs, payers, pharmaceuticals, etc. Healthcare firms will focus on coming up with great solutions for connections among these entities. Healthcare IT also will start to gear up to implement the third stage of Meaningful Use. The Clinical Decision Support integration with EHR systems will be a key area for Meaningful Use 3 implementation.
‘Data Analytics’ will be an area that will be the most-watched arena for the complete Healthcare IT industry. The effective layer of BI and analytics around EHR systems will be bolstered to deliver cost-effective and quality care to patients. By 2020, for the healthcare industry, EHR systems will be a point of convergence to expand in multiple directions and all EHR systems will mature by implementing the patient-centric model. This will achieve the federal government’s target to offer quality and cost-effective healthcare services for all citizens.
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