’Tis the season for sports, whether you’re an avid football, basketball or hockey fan. But if you want to see which healthcare technologies are scoring big, our HIT List this week is just the ticket. Check out some leading game-changers, including artificial intelligence, virtualization and APIs.

  1. Real promise for artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence, aka AI, promises to profoundly change healthcare for the better, predicts a new Stanford University report. For example, AI could create cognitive assistants for human clinicians, drive the development of personalized mHealth apps, and deliver customized rehab and in-home therapy. Beyond the need for more research, there are a still few hurdles to overcome, such as gathering sufficient data, earning the trust of clinicians and addressing regulatory obstacles.
  2. Sunny outlook for the cloud. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations polled are already using cloud-based apps, and reporting “happier patients, better treatment and more efficient hospital administration.” Nearly half plan to use the cloud for back-office functions and business continuity and disaster recovery, while 41% use the cloud to support HIE. However, lingering HIPAA concerns make it likelier that healthcare organizations will turn to on-premises or private clouds, minimizing public cloud use.
  3. Cloud vs. virtualization. Although the terms “cloud” and “virtualization” are frequently used interchangeably — and can offer healthcare organizations similar benefits such as scalability and cost-cutting – they are not one and the same. Basically, cloud computing separates applications from the hardware endpoint. Virtualization goes a step further, adding a hypervisor that separates the endpoint operating system from the device itself. See why (or why not) emerging niche technologies such as virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) might make sense for your organization.
  4. CMS API for QPP. Quick translation: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a new application programming interface (API) tool to enable providers to automatically share electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). The goal is to make it easier for organizations to retrieve and maintain QPP measures, build customized applications to fit clinicians and their practices, and support successful program participation. Sounds like a win-win!
  5. Must-have senior living IT. A digital messaging system can display urgent information across TVs in common areas or residents’ rooms. A maintenance service request and ticketing system can improve accountability and resident satisfaction. A resident and family portal can enhance communication with anywhere, anytime online access. Yes, technology is having a big impact on senior living communities. Check out some other digital solutions that make a difference.
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