As 2014 drew to a close, I had the chance to sit down with three IT experts to get their take on health IT trends to watch in 2015. Speaking with me were Rob Sadowski, Director of Technology Solutions for RSA; James Millington, Group Product Line Marketing Manager at VMware; and Jaime Parent, Vice President and IT Operations/Associate CIO for Rush University Medical Center.
Each shared his unique perspective on a number of topics ranging from interoperability to ICD-10. Without giving away too much (I do want you to listen to the podcast, after all!), here are highlights from our discussion:
- Not surprisingly, security remains a top consideration for 2015, especially given the rise in patient-centric care efforts and expanded access to patient data.
- Leveraging analytics for population health management — this looks to pique more interest.
- mHealth, wearables and remote monitoring are all poised to continue growing in popularity as patients themselves become more empowered to take charge of their health and well-being.
As you will hear, many of 2014’s hottest topics are extending their reach into 2015 and beyond. As we move further into the new year, it will be interesting to see what unexpected trends pop up to add to this list, which issues get moved to the back burner and which are spot on. For instance, Rob predicts breached records will be the front-running security issue for providers to address and prevent. While Jaime shines a light on the rise of behavioral zero day virus network attacks versus traditional PC attacks. And James points out that care providers will increasingly base their decisions about where to practice medicine based on who has the greatest technology infrastructure to support advanced care.