In a healthcare environment that’s more consumer-driven and more competitive than ever, you can’t afford to plan your own IT investments without some insight into how other hospitals are planning theirs.
So: What are the technologies likely to grab largest shares of hospital IT budgets in the next three to five years?
Health Information Exchange (HIE)
HIMSS Analytics recently ranked HIE as one of the top hospital and healthcare IT investment targets for the balance of 2018, and for the next 5 years. The chief driver of this investment is cost reduction. A study conducted late last year concluded that HIEs – which simplify access to individual patient data from a variety of sources – has the potential to reduce Medicare spending by billions of dollars per year.
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Clinical Business Intelligence and Financial Analytics
As healthcare moves from a provider-driven to a consumer-driven model, and as hospitals expand into value-based care and risk-based reimbursements, BCC Research projects spending on financial analytics will surge from $7.2 billion in 2017, $14.9 billion in 2022.
Not surprisingly, consumer-driven care will also drive investment in patient experience. According to recent PwC research, 49% of provider executives are making patient experience a ‘top three’ priority over the next five years. These investments will go beyond patient portals, to personalized, data-driven tools that do everything from shorten wait times, to enabling cost-effective in-home care with improved patient outcomes.
Cloud Computing Infrastructure
It’s even less surprising that hospitals’ cloud computing investments will increase – but it may be surprising how quickly the forecast investment has grown. BCC Research projects the healthcare cloud computing market will grow to $35 billion by 2022, more than twice the growth projected in earlier reports by Frost & Sullivan and Mordor Intelligence. (https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/healthcare-cloud-computing-market-on-track-for-35b-by-2022/516066/)
Grabbing for the biggest portion of the global healthcare IT budget is security, which Cybersecurity Ventures and Hervajec Group predict will balloon to $65 billion by 2021. If you need convincing – or, if you aren’t especially fond of sleep – you need to read this timeline of recent hospital and healthcare service provider breaches.
There’s more – and fortunately, there’s help
While the above-mentioned investments may be top-of-mind with healthcare CIOs, other initiatives – including nurse communication systems, anesthesia information management, electronic forms, data archiving, and pharmacy workflow systems – will vie for your IT budget dollars, and your competitors’, in the next three to five years.
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