By Jon Ault
January 22, 2016
Traditional health care IT investments have been focused primarily on transitioning from paper-based patient records to their electronic equivalent as showcased in the rise of electronic health record (EHR), lab and radiology system initiatives. While these investments are important, in an ever-changing industry like health care, it is essential that facilities begin focusing their IT investments on technology that will truly drive the organization for positive change. The future of health care technology lies solely in solutions that enable your organization to thrive in future reimbursement models that will shift risks from payers to patients and providers.
In today’s evolving health care environment, leaders need to adjust their technology spend from merely operating their systems to investing in innovative e-systems that will help drive revenue, increase operational efficiency and reduce risk.
Here are five IT trends that will help your organization meet the demands of the future.
Mine Data from Population Health
It is time to start leveraging the vast amounts of data your facility has been generating and collecting in your EHR and business-critical systems. Investing in “big data” population health systems will provide:
Drive Patient Engagement
We are in the midst of an industry shift, a changing focus on value over volume. To adapt, health care organizations must begin actively managing patient relationships like they are customers by proactively engaging patients to improve health outcomes. Patient engagement solutions are an emerging application of traditional customer relationship management (CRM) technologies, and leading patient engagement solutions provide your care management team with a structured process to:
Proactively Address Risk Assessment and Management
Protecting your patients’ information and your reputation are critical to your organization’s future success. In today’s connected world, no industry or business sector is safe; monitoring the effectiveness of your information security program requires on-going diligence. Effective approaches require a balanced methodology to manage controls across your organization, including:
Implement Real-Time Location Services
Real-time operational intelligence is today’s solution for driving efficient utilization of resources, be that people or assets, within your organization. Implementation of a real-time location services (RTLS) platform can provide your facility with:
Support Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Mobile Enablement
Patients and staff continue to demand anytime, anywhere access to health information. Establishing a technology infrastructure that allows your staff to securely access and manage health information from a wide variety of devices and locations is key to meeting these growing expectations. Key technologies to support your mobile strategy include:
Go Beyond the Foundation of EHR
Establishing EHR and ancillary systems should be viewed as your health care organization’s IT foundation. Answer today’s evolving patient and talent demands by investing in emerging technologies that will empower you to effectively utilize the expansive patient database to create real value for your organization. Capitalizing on the opportunities in today’s disruptive technologies in health care, like the trends in population health, patient engagement, RTLS and mobile technologies, can provide your health care organization with the tools to thrive in tomorrow’s dynamic environment.