Look Ahead

2020 vision: What's ahead for health IT this year and beyond

As a new year and new decade dawn, the health IT industry looks toward a bright future. Having learned valuable lessons (what to do, what not to do) from the transformative 10 years just past – and gained invaluable practical experience along the way – health systems now hope to build big on the momentum they've gathered.

With the IT infrastructure in place and data – lots of it – flowing freely (if still not always as easily and readily as it should) health organizations of all types are now putting it to work in new and exciting ways: to boost quality, lower costs, widen access and meet the imperatives of value-based reimbursement. Here's a look ahead at the priorities and strategies of providers, vendors, payers and patients, in 2020 and beyond.

2020: Looking Forward

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Health IT 2020: Patient engagement, human-centered tech, interoperability

by Bill Siwicki

The chief medical officer and co-founder at patient engagement tech vendor Luma Health provides a view of what provider organizations can expect in the year ahead.

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Healthcare venture investment in 2020: Quantum computing gets a closer look

by Nathan Eddy

Artificial intelligence will also continue to be a big focus, as it becomes more clear which startups are succeeding in their initial target sectors. VCs are also eyeing genomics analytics tools, as well as other more practical technologies.

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In 2020, AI will aid administrators and CISOs will refresh internal security

by Bill Siwicki

An expert at AI-based cloud fax tech vendor Concord Technologies offers his look ahead at the year – focusing on AI, cybersecurity and interoperability.

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Policy changes, AI, consumerism top interoperability trends for 2020

by Nathan Eddy

Vendors offer their perspective on the opportunities and challenges for healthcare data exchange in the year ahead.

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Investors looking toward healthcare IT innovators in 2020

by Nathan Eddy
Healthcare information technology will be the focus of investors in 2020, with interest in the pharm
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2020 outlook: Predictive analytics, AI, enhanced security, telehealth and more

by Bill Siwicki

Five health IT experts from patient experience and patient engagement IT vendor GetWellNetwork open up about what they are seeing as important trends this year.

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Trends to look for in patient engagement in 2020

by Nathan Eddy

Healthcare providers will increasingly be seeking innovative technology as they develop new patient engagement and experience strategies to remain competitive.

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Predictive analytics, payment issues, consumerism set to tangle with AI in 2020

by Bill Siwicki

Three experts from different areas of the health IT field discuss how artificial intelligence is going to play a larger role in the year ahead.

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AI and machine learning trends to look toward in 2020

by Nathan Eddy

As artificial intelligence and robotic process automation are more widely deployed, they will help rehumanize medicine by allowing doctors to focus less on paperwork and administrative functions, and more on patient care.

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Investment in AI growing as health systems look to the future

by Nathan Eddy

Forward-looking provider organizations are looking to tap into the benefits of deep neural networks and other forms of data-driven analysis.

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AI maturation, 5G, augmented reality point to accelerated innovation in 2020

by Bill Siwicki

These trends in the new year ahead will see healthcare provider organizations innovating solutions and practices to improve healthcare, one expert predicts.

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Health orgs making strategic interoperability plans beyond CMS and ONC rules

by Nathan Eddy

Deloitte shows how many providers – and even more payers – are going beyond checking boxes on new regs, understanding that wider data sharing has become a strategic necessity.

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Digital health predictions for 2020 from industry experts

by Leontina Postelnicu

More scrutiny, regulation, open standards: 16 specialists tell us what they expect to see in 2020.

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Halamka: Cloud, AI, IoT changing cybersecurity priorities

by HIMSS TV

Dr. John Halamka, newly named president of Mayo Clinic Platform, shares his five-year cybersecurity forecast – and discusses his new gig.

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Cloud cybersecurity has its challenges, but new approaches hold promise

by Mike Miliard

At the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum this month, a Google Cloud exec discussed some of the technologies and strategies that can help manage a hybrid environment.

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A look at how women are 'remaking medicine'

by HIMSS TV

Emily Peters, author of "Procedure: Women Remaking Medicine," discusses female change makers in medicine, who are helping to create a better healthcare system.

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Healthcare transformation: 'We need to shift our mindset'

by Philipp Grätzel von Grätz

Digital leaders from Singapore, the Netherlands, Finland and more met in Berlin this week to talk about the transformation of their health systems.

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ECRI's top tech hazards for 2020: EHR errors, alert fatigue, more

by Mike Miliard

The annual report from ECRI Institute spotlights the Top 10 technology dangers in hospitals, ambulatory clinics and LTPAC settings.

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PCHA-led tech gatherings to be smaller, more frequent in 2020

by HIMSS TV

Next year the Personal Connected Health Alliance and HIMSS will be prioritizing smaller, more curated events rather than the annual Connected Health Conference, explain HIMSS' Kerry Amato and the PCHA's Robert Havasy.

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HHS, American Society of Nephrology launch Phase 2 of KidneyX project

by Mike Miliard

With federal help, ASN seeks to find new technology-enabled innovations for dialysis redesign, through the $1.5 million competition.

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Athenahealth CEO Bob Segert charts the cloud vendor's new path

by Mike Miliard

After a challenging few years marked (to put it mildly) by "lots of change," the chief executive describes athena's goals for product integration, SaaS innovation and client service now that its new leadership team is in place.

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Healthcare data breaches will cost industry $4 billion by year's end, and 2020 is poised to be worse

by Jeff Lagasse

Providers continue to be the most targeted organizations for industry cybersecurity breaches, with nearly 4 out of 5 breaches.

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Healthcare costs projected to rise 5% in 2020 as employers look to control costs

by Jeff Lagasse

Despite this cost increase, 95% of employers are very confident their organization will continue to sponsor healthcare benefits to active employees.