- Getting to the “New Normal” in Healthcare. We’ve seen great advancements in Health IT and Healthcare in the past three years with many innovations and wins along with challenges and failures. These are occurring at both macro (e.g. ACO) and micro (e.g. emailing my doctor) levels. Given the vast complexity and sophistication that is Healthcare, it’s very easy to get caught up in the specific announcement, product or a study of the week that either touts or negates EHRs. What we see for 2013 is that the cat is out of the bag – EHR is the new normal. Data accessibility and protection are the new normal. Value driven healthcare is the new normal. We’re not quite done yet but we’ve certainly arrived at the new normal when it comes to EHR.
- Patient data governance, shared chart authoring and privacy & security issues start to collide as next big challenge for continued EHR adoption and interoperability. As more patient data become electronic and available, this will drive the cycle of more things and people authoring the content for patient records via connected health devices and mobile apps. Once more patients/consumers become aware of this fact, the existing issues surrounding ownership and governance of patient data become much more personal and the most important issue to be tackled in the progress toward connected healthcare. It’s one thing to hear about a far away health system’s laptop being stolen but totally different to hear your own dentist or doctor’s records being breached. Like many things in healthcare, data breach issues will become local and personal.
- Patients are driven to be more responsible for his/her care. Patients being responsible for his or her care can solve lots of things and has direct impact on the waste and effectiveness of care. As the direct out of pocket costs get more aligned with patients actively partaking in his or her care, patients will be driven to be more responsible. Consequence of this is that patients will demand more control and authority in care design and delivery which will significantly impact providers and payers - For the benefit or detriment to the current way? We will have to wait and see.
- Posers and Players. We see 2013 as the year of sorting out who are the posers and who are the real players in healthcare. Among the leading candidate (you decide which they will be) include Patients, Providers, Payers, Health Information Exchange, Health Insurance Exchange, Telehealth, Big Data, ACA, Regional Extension Centers, EHR vendors, mobile health, meaningful use and our favorite AMA’s battle against all things ICD-10.
Here’s the list of our thoughts on what may happen in 2013.
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