Health Providers’ Use of Health IT To Grow in Near-Term, Report Says

November 26, 2014 in News

The rising costs of health care will prompt some hospitals to adopt data-driven strategies designed to increase operational efficiency, according to a report by IDC Health Insights, Health Data Management reports.

The report — which includes various short-term projections for the health care industry — is intended to serve as a framework for evaluating and creating IT initiatives within the industry, according to Health Data Management.

Report Projections

Among its predictions, the report estimated that by 2020 about 80% of all health care data will pass through the cloud. Further, 65% of transactions between consumers and health care organizations will be conducted via a mobile platform by 2018, according to the report.

The report also predicted that:

  • By 2015, 50% of heath care organizations will have experienced between one and five cyberattacks during the past 12 months, one out of three of which will be successful;
  • By 2016, 25% of hospitals will develop data-driven digital strategies to address rising costs and operational inefficiency; and
  • By 2016, 15% of hospitals will create patient profiles that allow for personalized treatment plans.

Meanwhile, the report projected that by 2018:

  • 70% of health care organizations worldwide will invest in mobile applications for consumers, wearables, remote monitoring devices and virtual care, creating higher demand for big data and analytics capabilities;
  • More than 50% of health and life sciences buyers will call for substantial risk sharing; and
  • More than 50% of big data issues will be reduced to standard IT operations, diminishing the need for specialized IT resources.

By 2020, the report predicted that 42% of all health care data coming from the Digital Universe will be unprotected, requiring protective measures.

In a statement, IDC Health said, “These decision imperatives provide a roadmap for health care organizations to think about IT investments that will need to be made and the impact they will have on an organization, all of which can be used to support the planning and budgeting process” (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 11/21).

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