The team at Galen spent some time over the holidays to reflect on the HIT year that was and offer up our top 10 predictions for the year to come. We’re interested to hear your predictions and whether you agree or disagree. Without further ado…
- Increase in demand for data conversions as organizations seek control to best manage risk-based contracting. Organizations are going to feel that the best way to manage the risk in risk based contracting is to control as many pieces of the puzzle as possible. This will prompt organizations to buy more clinics a force those clinics that didn’t previously migrate to now migrate.
- Increased interest in understanding how to tie financial data to clinical data to predict best types of risk based contracts to enter.
- Less emphasis on EHR deployments and more on upgrades, migrations and technical support. As we reach closer to the mandatory EHR implementation date (otherwise known as the date when fines start to come into place without an EHR), there will be fewer clients without an EHR than there will be those with one. That being said, there will be more clients than ever that will require technical support for the EHR itself, as well as assistance with migrations and upgrades.
- Healthcare organizations internal use of big data to generate operational efficiency such as the aggregation of PM & EHR Data into joint data warehouse. Hospitals are generating a ton of data, much of which is going out to third parties for various measures. With a lot of that set up, many will start using their data for internal review and changes.
- Increases in staff productivity due to workflow analysis and optimization. With hospitals facing tight budgets and cutting jobs, it will be important for hospitals to work at full capacity with less staff. The increase of insured patients will make it crucial for them to maintain patient safety provide the best possible care. Utilizing existing data like tasking and creating new initiatives like automating processes will help both staff and patients.
- Major investments in business intelligence and other solutions centered around EHR data.
- Remote patient engagement and monitoring via patient portals, and mobile & wearable devices will continue to grow strongly. Smartphones, smart watches, and health monitors have been around in various forms, but they’re now becoming common and cheap. Doctors will start asking patients to track and report their stats from home, both for additional data points and fast reactive care.
- Healthcare organizations should expect more regulatory burden. Current regulatory requirements already take a substantial amount of time away from patient care, impacting both efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a physician’s practice. Add to this the looming October 2014 deadline for ICD-10 coding implementation — which will require more documentation, revised forms, re-training of staff and changes to office technology — and this percentage of time spent away from patients will likely continue to increase.
- Telehealth advances, particularly for certain expensive chronic diseases, many due to capitated/shared risk contracting growth.
- Epic will be forced to begin to open up as a way to counteract “open” approaches of competitors.
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