Here are five recent developments regarding healthcare I.T., from HIMSS:
- First: The Department of Defense awarded the contract to develop its electronic health record system at a cost of $4.3 billion to Cerner, Leidos and Accenture. The system will be ready-to-wear and includes bringing all the pieces together and disseminating the system across the military branches.
- Second: NIH recently funded research into integrating DNA information into personal electronic medical records. The goal is to incorporate the clinical implications of gene research to improve quality of health care.
- Third: Healthcare information management systems are moving toward a holistic approach that uses data about a patient’s health from across digital sources such as smartphones, watches, and glucose meters to give doctors a real-time view of the patient’s health. Healthcare IT News noted that health businesses that don’t conform to this new digital platform will be left in the dust of history.
- Fourth: The new intelligence coming from digital sources will give more information to both patients and doctors. Health IT experts expect the change to focus and improve US healthcare outcomes. Healthcare executives have noted that the data they receive today has increased 50 percent.
- Fifth: Rise of the machines! Health executives will need to train machines as well as people in healthcare technology, helped along by intelligent software. Patients also become more of a partner in their own healthcare, able to schedule their own appointments and have their health information available to them.
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