Top Technology Priorities for Healthcare Management

HCAS Technology News   •   January 4, 2018

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HHealth industry leaders analyze emerging technology
innovations, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, to determine their long-term investments and business models.

But in the near future, your health system can remain with proven, easily implemented solutions.

In a recent study, “Top of Mind for Top U.S. Health Systems 2018,” the Center for Connected Medicine, in partnership with the Health Management Academy, surveyed executives from 20 major U.S. health systems on their 2018 health information technology priorities. They explored five areas of health IT:

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Consumer-facing technology
  3. Predictive analytics
  4. Virtual care
  5. Artificial Intelligence

Here’s how to apply these areas to your company.

  • Cybersecurity – The survey found that 92% of health systems plan to increase technology (including cybersecurity) spending in 2018 to identify and respond to threats. Consider your response to malware threats, your prevention of breaches, and your protection of patient and clinical data.

  • Consumer-Facing Technology – Considering mobile apps and wearables, “Healthcare leaders definitely indicated interest in utilizing data, but it’s just not on the horizon for 2018; they haven’t really developed the infrastructure or ability to utilize that data in the short term,” Melissa Stahl, research manager at the Health Management Academy, said in an interview with Healthcare Informatics. How will you help your payers engage and respond securely with health members and partners?

  • Predictive Analytics – More than half of the surveyed executives stated they use, or plan to use, genomic testing to provide personalized medicine to patients, especially in oncology, anesthesia, and pharmacogenetics. You should also utilize this analysis.

  • Virtual Care -Industry leaders also see benefits of virtual care and remote monitoring, including improving quality and safety, lowering costs, and meeting increased demand from patients. The data can be standardized, ensuring its quality.

  • Artificial Intelligence – A majority of hospital IT executives say AI solution implementation is a low priority for 2018. With AI technology still in early stages needing refinement, it has little value, but executives expect the technology to have greater impact in the future.

Health Management Academy research director Bryan Clutz, Ph.D., notes that there is a critical cybersecurity talent shortage in healthcare. While he says “trying to find the talent in this space is really difficult,” companies like HCAS are well positioned, in both the short and long term to provide network and cyber security solutions and consulting across the spectrum of healthcare information technology.