Report Identifies Five Health IT Trends for Health Care Systems

June 24, 2015 in News

The future of the health care industry will be shaped by five health IT trends, according to a new report released by Accenture, Healthcare IT News reports (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 6/23).

For the Accenture 2015 Healthcare IT Vision report, researchers surveyed:

  • 101 health care executives;
  • 601 doctors; and
  • 1,000 consumers (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 6/23).

Findings

The five trends identified by the report were:

  • “Intelligent Enterprise,” or a focus on data to help improve clinical outcomes;
  • “Internet of Me,” or personalized medicine;
  • “Outcome Economy,” or a system focused on “delivering results,” in part through increased data accessibility;
  • “Platform (R)evolution,” or the increasing prevalence of mobile and cloud platforms that focus on interoperability; and
  • “Workforce Reimagined,” or the emergence and implementation of new machine technologies.

The report found that 73% of health executives said they have seen a positive return on investment in personalized medicine technologies (Healthcare IT News, 6/23). Such tools include wearable devices that can track patients’ fitness and vital signs.

Further, the report found that:

  • 85% of physicians said wearable devices can help patients better engage with their own health; and
  • 76% of patients said that wearable devices have the potential to help them manage or improve their health (MobiHealthNews, 6/23).

Meanwhile, 41% of executives said their data volumes have jumped by 50%, compared with a year ago (Healthcare IT News, 6/23).

In terms of intelligent machine technologies, the report found that:

  • 84% of executives expect that the health care industry within the next three years will need to focus on training machines — such as algorithms, intelligent software and learning tools — as much as they focus on training people; and
  • 83% of respondents believe that providers will have to manage such machines, as well as employees, due to the increase in clinical data (MobiHealthNews, 6/23).

The report also projected that 66% of health systems in the U.S. will have self-scheduling technologies by 2020 (Healthcare IT News, 6/23).

Kaveh Safavi, global managing director of health care industry at Accenture, in a statement said, “As the digital revolution gains momentum, doctors and clinicians will use machines to augment human labor, personalize care and manage more complex tasks” (MobiHealthNews, 6/23).

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