The future is here: technologies in healthcare are continuing to reach new heights, and 2015 is revelatory of that process. With the introduction of the marketplace and widespread EHR integration, the digitizing of personal information and records in healthcare is imminent. The change isn’t going to stop once digital healthcare becomes mainstream, either—this is just the beginning for a plethora of a new age for both patients and physicians.
Take a look at our top 5 healthcare technologies expected for 2015:
1.) Cloud Databases
A projection by Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review states that “80% of healthcare data to travel through cloud by 2020.” The movement to a cloud-based system minimizes the need for storing paper files and endorses the electronic transfer of information to nurses and pharmacists, as well. With government encouragement to transfer to EHRs, the cloud is quickly becoming a standard of a medical office’s repertoire and will continue to do so this coming year.
2.) Remote Patient Services
The advent of CMS paying physicians for remote care of Medicare beneficiaries (chronic care management) is upon us, and is drawing attention in other aspects of healthcare. Why stop solely at Medicare beneficiaries? The idea of telecommuting healthcare and mobile solutions are sure to be upcoming technological topics as reimbursement rates drop for physicians and healthcare expenditures increase.
3.) Enforcing HIPAA and Security
Becker’s review also tells us “50% of healthcare organizations will experience up to 5 cyber attacks in one year by 2015” and “1 out of those 3 attacks will be successful.” Since digital healthcare is still in its developmental stages, hackers see an opportunity to data breach and confiscate important and confidential health information. HIPAA standards must be reevaluated on a digital scale to reinforce the protection and confidentiality of this information.
4.) Consolidating RCM
The RCM is going to evolve in lieu of the changing healthcare environment. Be aware of the increased involvement and role vendors will play as EHRs become more widely accepted and used. Adjustments are going to be made for health insurers and payers as quality figures and billing systems change and adjust to the new systems in play. It’s difficult to tell the full blown effects the RCM process will take, but it’s important to stay on top of all the latest updates and emergent systems.
5.) Patient-driven Healthcare
Patients are taking charge of their healthcare, and more and more they are researching and becoming involved in the RCM process. By engaging patients and receiving their collective feedback, this can be a powerful determinant for improvements and positive changes that need to be made in a medical practice or group. This is only projected to increase in 2015 as mobile connections link patients to instant healthcare access and information.
There you have it—the projected technologies that are expected to grow and flourish in 2015. As we all pave the way for the new healthcare world, remember that we all affected, and should monitor the changes with an open mind and a clear head to embrace the newfound conveniences this technology will continue to bring to us.