Healthcare IT: Looking to the Future

By Gus Gilbertson and David Wayne

In honor of National Health IT Week, we would like to examine the value of investing in healthcare IT as we look to the future of healthcare. Technology has already changed the way that many other industries – from retail, to customer service, to publishing – operate and engage with customers. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that technology is currently disrupting the healthcare industry and giving care providers a way to improve operations and quality of care.

As the healthcare landscape continues to shift, providers are being prompted to adopt more evidence-based systems. Healthcare providers need accurate, comprehensive data that can be made readily available for government payers, insurers, registries, and other parties in order to remain competitive and maximize reimbursements. With healthcare IT solutions, care providers have an efficient way to disseminate and access patient information. Using a computer-based system as opposed to a paper-based one also significantly reduces the risk of adverse events.

In addition, healthcare IT solutions provide real-time insight into patient care for clinicians, staff members, and patients. As consultants, we have worked closely with healthcare providers who are surprised when they find out how much useful knowledge can be derived from their facility’s existing data. With easily accessible and comprehensive data at their fingertips, providers can spot and understand trends in their current programs. And armed with this knowledge, healthcare providers can then make the informed decisions necessary to improve clinical and operational performance.

It is clear to us that the healthcare IT industry is here for the long term, and we consider revolutionary healthcare IT solutions positive opportunities for the healthcare industry. The use of innovative technology in healthcare is driving improved efficiency and quality of care, and has enabled providers to make data-driven changes for their patient populations and care processes. It is critical that government agencies, care providers, vendors, and other stakeholders continue to work hand in hand as we deliver the next generation healthcare IT industry solutions and continue to improve the patient care experience.

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