Going by what some of the stalwarts of the industry feel, healthcare like the education industry is more than a decade behind where it should be in terms of adoption of technology. To say that it has had a tremendous impact on the manner in which the industry goes about offering its services would be an understatement. There is huge amount of scope available for improvement in this field. However, the irony lies in the fact that for real development to actually start taking shape the current landscape needs to undergo a complete change. The Healthcare industry now has too many players, of smaller size, trying to grab a market which seems limited in terms of innovations. Hence the expectations from these players is to deliver high levels of services for less, which kind of in turn is bound to put a lot of financial burden on them . As these vendors keep jostling amongst themselves for a higher share of hospital market which is kind of limited, the later on the contrary want less number of vendors to deal with. This is simply because they want to be more efficient in their operations and not run into a state where the burden of handling multiple vendors takes a toll on their core job. Thus the industry as it grows, which it must, will see a lot of changes happening in the near future culminating in the presence of fewer and efficient vendors offering a better ROI than what they do now. A lot of mergers and acquisitions are not far away as we proceed into the future.
What Health IT systems do is that they equip doctors, hospitals, and other providers to provide better coordinated care. They also ensure reduction of errors and readmissions all of which result in costing more money and leaving patients less healthy .The year 2012 proved to be a windfall year for Healthcare IT with a record $1.2 billion pumped into the sector through venture funding. While the major chuck of the deals were in health information management, significant investments seem to have been made in companies which focused on consumers e.g. Mobile health, Telehealth, Personal Health etc.
The first quarter of 2013 has also seen record investment in this field. The trigger to all this was with the Obama government encouraging the adoption of Health IT by passing the Recovery Act in 2009. In the year 2011, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs made it possible for Doctors, hospitals, and other eligible providers to incentives for adopting and meaningfully use certified electronic health records. This move, as part of the Recovery Act, kind of incentivized early adoption of EHRs which is critical for broader healthcare Quality and efficiency improvement. It results in better care coordination, reduction of duplicate tests and procedures and finally rewarding hospitals for keeping patients healthier. The results till date prove to be highly encouraging with more than half of eligible professionals and 80 percent of eligible hospitals having meaningfully adopted EHRs and received the incentive payout. This trend is expected to up and lead to complete adoption by 2015 post which the government has plans of penalizing the ones who fail to comply with the mandate.
There is however another concern which is quite grave that is showing along with the wider adoption of EHR and it involves protection of patient data contained in its electronic health record system. By rule, to become eligible for the incentive payout, only those EHRs which are certified need to be used meaningfully. But one also needs to take into account the fact that finally the usage of the system has a human element involved and that is where adequate training needs to be given to the staff as well as monitor their access. There have been a few instances were law suits have been filed by patients where their data has been found to be compromised. This becomes a matter of grave concern and requires all concerned stakeholders to take all the requisite steps to ensure that such discrepancies are removed completely. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 40 percent of large data breaches have involved laptop or storage devices that have been lost or stolen.Healthcare software development teams can help you build clinical and EHR/EMR software projects within allocated budgets and time schedules.
Top trends driving Healthcare IT in 2013