Healthcare Trends – July 2015

As we move further into 2015, we continue to see evidence that the healthcare industry is continuously employing more technology. Intelligence and patient data is becoming the name of the game for the future.
More and more patient data is recorded and saved every day. This data needs to be stored somewhere, and cloud platforms are just the place healthcare companies are looking to keep it.

Mobile and Cloud platforms will help doctors and physicians keep track of a patient’s real-time health. Data recorded from wearables, mobile apps and other medical technologies will be stored in a patient’s directory in a data cloud and can be used to help treat patients for whatever they may need in the future.

Along with these data clouds comes hardware that will make patient data more accessible. This intelligent hardware will deliver results: patients will conveniently be able to access their medical records and will be able to better take care of themselves.

Computerized physician order entries (CPOEs) are rising in popularity, thanks to big data. A CPOE is a patient management app that captures a clinician’s instructions for a patient’s care electronically. Today, only 28% of physicians use CPOEs, but it is likely that more will turn to CPOEs as clinics collect more and more of their patient’s data. The data explosion that we are witnessing will bring tremendous clinical opportunities, such as predicting emergency room visits, and diagnosing a patient immediately without even seeing a doctor.

Personalized medicine continues to be a relevant trend throughout 2015. In fact, CPOEs and big data continues to make personalized medicine possible. As more and more hospitals and organizations invest in these technologies and system capabilities, personalized medicine will see increasingly positive results. 73% of hospitals using CPOEs and data analytics are seeing returns on investments after using and implementing personalized technologies.

Lastly, robotics and machines will help with digital self-scheduling of appointments, organizing electronic medical records and connecting with physicians via social platform. Around 66% of health systems in the United States will have self-scheduling by 2020 and will have to start training machines to learn software, and algorithms to improve the health delivery system.

These technologies will help improve overall health of patients: these machines and programs will allow the patients to be a part of their own care giving team, which will bring better results to patient’s health. Health IT and investment in technology is important for healthcare companies if they want to be relevant in the future.

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