2018 Health Technology Trends OR 7 Magnificent Health Tech Trends of 2018

Last year, we shared our insights into the top 5 digital health trends that are helping shape the future of healthcare and we are happy to say we will continue to see these trends evolve well throughout 2018. This year we rang in the new year with our clients’ and their innovative projects that just so happen to fall into each of the following 7 categories.

Without a doubt, this will be an exciting year as we are at the forefront of the latest technologies with endless possibilities for the improvement of healthcare. More than ever before, we are ecstatic about bringing our clients’ visions to realization and are looking forward to seeing more trends emerge as the year progresses.

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Feds use EHR certification to push transparency

Ensuring that your electronic health record product meets tightening federal certification requirements is getting more challenging as officials scrutinize health IT products more closely for hot-topic issues such as patient privacy, health information exchange and general transparency about their real-world capabilities.

Over the past several weeks, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has been busy issuing proposed rules and publishing the names of non-complying vendors’ products. This flurry of activity has taken place in the several weeks leading up to ONC’s annual meeting in Washington DC.

A March 2nd proposal would give the ONC expanded authority to regulate health IT products under the certification program set up as part of the health IT incentive program known as HITECH. In response, a number of industry and health IT advocacy groups had responded that they were worried that the proposal was too far-reaching.

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EHRs as the “Operating Systems” of Healthcare?

As of March 2015, 779 health IT vendors supplied certified EHR products to 490,575 health care professionals participating in the CMS EHR Incentive Programs and/or ONC REC Program. 30 of them are big players, primary, and 749 supply secondary EHRs to participating health care professionals. Surprisingly, market share hasn’t changed much in 10 years – so what does that mean to the EHR systems? Are we at the tipping point of disruption?

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