HIT trends: Voice AI, FHIR and 'quantified self' progress will be strong
ORLANDO ― The year may have started with uncertainty on the future of the Affordable Care Act, but Frost & Sullivan does not see a slowdown in the advance of technology in healthcare.
At the HIMSS17 Conference in Orlando on Monday, Greg Caressi, senior vice president for healthcare and life sciences at Frost & Sullivan, laid out what he expects in the realm of mobile health and general health IT this year.
- It’s a world of uncertainty on the policy side, and Frost & Sullivan is already seeing hospitals delaying purchasing of non-essential IT products. Since executives don’t know what the world will look like in another year, they are being thrifty.
- Merger and acquisition activity in the tech space will not slow down.
- Price negotiations between providers and vendors will be tough. Both sides are being squeezed.
- Voice AI interfaces, like Amazon’s Alexa, will ramp up in healthcare. Right now, there’s consumer hype, but they could play a real role in patient engagement. Providers will implement those solutions more this year.
- The “quantified self” movement, which is all about consumer-driven data, will turn into potential dollars. UnitedHealth’s partnership with Trio Health’s step counter to reimburse beneficiaries for healthy activity is a good example. Bottom line: There’s value in the data.
- Platform interoperability is improving, and major tech companies will resolve their issues. The 21st Century Cures Act and groups like the Commonwell Alliance are driving change. FHIR should also have a large impact by the end of the year.
- Better interoperability means expanded healthcare ecosystems, linking providers, tech and patients more than ever.
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