Health IT Trends to Watch in 2016

At the beginning of each New Year, Interapt is refreshed with new goals and challenges to accomplish. In 2016, several emerging trends in Health IT will impact how health care providers use technology to improve the quality of patient care. At Interapt, we’re always trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to our healthcare solutions. So, what are the biggest health IT trends we’ll see in 2016? Here’s some of our predictions:

1.Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working on implementing the April 2015 law and building out the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). A proposed rule that folds the meaningful use program into the new MIPS systems is expected spring or early summer. Put simply, healthcare providers are looking to increase patient care while increasing productivity to become more compliant with the Affordable Care Act.  With this initiative, Medicare’s Next Generation ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) should be free to incorporate EHR and telemedicine as they see fit.

2. Wearables

Sensing, capturing, and analytical functionalities will make the next generation of wearables more clinically actionable. Expect healthcare technology companies to be highly active in exploring strategic acquisitions of early-stage wearable companies.

3.Data will drive change

In 2016, the challenge for healthcare enterprises will be making sense of medical data coming from every type of medical record, each of which is governed by a host of individual characteristics and regulations. Focus will shift towards developing the infrastructure needed so providers can continue to scale up their technology solutions.

4. BYOD

According to a recent survey by The Redshift Research and Azzuri Communications, 2016 will bring a huge shift toward the cloud and BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives. The cloud is here to stay, and healthcare providers looking to increase communication are finding ways to piggyback their solutions on the devices their employees are already bringing to work. Investing in separate devices is making less sense as researchers predict that over 2 billion consumers worldwide will own a smartphone.

5. 3D Printing

Last year 3D printing saw a slowdown in customer spending and an increase in competition. According to Wohlers Report 2015, the 3D printing industry is expected to increase by more than 31% per year between 2014 and 2020, eventually generating over $21 billion in worldwide revenue. The 3D-printing process itself is expected to be 10x – 100x faster compared to current average printing times. This will help increase the adoption of 3D printing into healthcare.

6. Expanding care options

The “US averaged 1 billion physician office visits in 2010, with over 332 visits per 100 persons. To make a visit to the doctor more beneficial to the patient, while allowing doctors the ability to spend time with patients who need it most, healthcare in 2016 will focus on hyper-personalized medicine. Scheduling and requests from local clinics are already available via mobile apps, but care options will continue to expand and become more consumer-centric and convenient, as patients demand more access to their care plans to monitor themselves.

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