Top Healthcare Information Technology Trends
Four Healthcare Technology Trends to Watch in 2018
In this class, we need to develop a habit of keeping updated with the healthcare technology trends.
According to some experts in the field, four major trends deserve more of our attention. They are
- Blockchain moves from hope to practical use in healthcare. Blockchain is in essence a
distributed public ledger linked by a
nearly impregnable cryptographic chain.
As such, it has the potential to solve
health IT’s most intractable problems:
lack of interoperability and securing the integrity, completeness and privacy of health
- EHR vendors more involved in analytics. With electronic health record (EHR) systems in
full force throughout the medical industry, predictors believe that 2018 will be the year
when EHR vendors move more solidly into patient data analytics work. The advantages
of doing so include improving population health efforts and providing real-time reporting
among various healthcare specialties.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) will start to make real impact on healthcare industry. Besides
using AI for natural language processing and robotic process automation, some experts
believe that in 2018 AI will begin to provide value in areas such as cancer diagnostics,
pathology, and image recognition.
- The digital health transformation will be mobilized. Mobile is becoming increasingly
prevalent in healthcare, and with the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, the trend
doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. FDA also issued new guidance that
loosened its regulations for certain mobile health technologies to reflect its “new, more
modern approach to digital health products.”
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You are also welcome to explore any of the trends further in your term paper. Innovations are
taking place in healthcare information technology and system management faster than we can
keep up with. Enjoy your exploration in this fast changing field of study!