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3 minute readHealth Care IT: 5 Trends You Need to Know

2014 is looking to be a big year for IT Health Care with advances in areas such as analytics, supply chains, patient monitoring and electronic health records (EHRs). In addition, as health care organizations struggle to keep up with new – and frequently changing – regulations, cost control and data security will become even more important. Data breaches can result in hefty fines for those companies not in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It is more important than ever to stay ahead of the curve and be ready for the changes and data growth.

Scott Lundstrom recently shared some of these upcoming trends cruxialcio.com. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect in 2014.

1. Increased Adoption of Analytics

Virtually everyone agrees that analytics will be a top trend in 2014. Health care organizations will use data to spot population health patterns and chronic conditions. Providers and payers will both be investing in analytics. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), doctors will receive incentives for positive health outcomes. Strong data management and governance will be critical to put such measures in place.

2. Customers Becoming Suppliers

As the web of technology widens, companies such as Aetna and UnitedHealth, traditionally considering technology customers, will be able to supply technology in the form of mobile apps and data storage services to doctors.

3. Remote Monitoring

As hospital CIOs focus on wellness, remote-monitoring applications will be able to keep track of patients through medical tracking devices able to monitor patient’s conditions at home. For example, Lundstrom notes the use of tracking devices that can be connected to an iPhone, allowing a patient to share data about blood sugar readings.

4. Adoption of New EHR Platforms

As part of the federal government’s meaningful-use program, expectations for EHRs will increase greatly. According to a recent IDC survey, 58% of providers are dissatisfied or neutral about their current EHR platform, with 22 percent having already replaced their initial health record software. New EHR platforms must be able to function across multiple tasks so that ambulances, hospitals and patients are not required to each use different platforms.

5. Costly Compliance

Compliance with government regulations will be the biggest driver for information security in 2014, according to an October survey by the SAN Institute. According to the survey, 65 percent of IT executives were concerned about “insider threats”, such as hospital staff looking up celebrity patients or someone they know. Violations such as these could carry enormous financial penalties. As a result, compliance and security will be of utmost importance.

Are you prepared to face these challenges in 2014?

Additional capacity can help you keep track of your data storage needs. Storage rentals or a preowned EMC or NetApp SAN could be an easy way to obtain the capacity you need, so that you can stay focused on compliance with the new regulations and changing technology.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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