"In 2015, healthcare information technology will continue to drive towards solutions that respond to the industry challenges of providing increased quality of care at a lower cost in a changing regulatory environment. Providers must respond to declining reimbursement models, quality demands of consumers and payers, along with increasing EHR (electronic health records) mandates. Payers are striving to align care and cost incentives across both providers and consumers. Consumers are being asked to bear more of the cost of care and in the process are becoming more price sensitive, quality aware, and more personally responsible for their own care," notes Infor Chief Business Information Officer Mark Weber in a Dec. 10 HiTech Answers column headlined 'Change is Coming: What to Expect in Health IT in 2015.'
Weber lays out 10 macro trends that will impact health IT in 2015:
1. EHR Ongoing Upgrades, Enhancements and Support
2. Meaningful Use
3. ICD 10 Compliance
4. Data Interoperability
5. Clinical Decision Support
6. Operational Decision Support
9. Patient Portals / Engagement / Mobile User Devices
Read the full article for details on each trend.