The Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) partnered with The Health Management Academy to report on the top three areas of health IT that health system leaders think will have the biggest impact on health care next year: cybersecurity, telehealth, and interoperability.
Cybersecurity is one of the biggest concerns for leaders and remains a hot topic of discussion. Between 2010 and 2017, the health care industry was hit with 2,149 breaches compromising a total of 176.4 million records, according to a study publish in JAMA Network in September 2018. These cyberattacks caused health systems to focus on securing patient records, as just one cyberattack could expose the medical information of thousands of patients.
Telehealth is another area of focus for 2019. With the advancement of virtual technologies, health care systems are looking to provide high-value care — remotely. While the adoption of telehealth appears to be lagging behind initial predictions, health systems are optimistic about its future and the potential for treating patients remotely. One of the driving forces behind the adoption of telehealth is changing government regulations that could boost reimbursement for virtual care. These changes are opening the gates to new technology and increased utilization within the health care industry.
Finally, interoperability has emerged as the last key area of impact and focus of the Top of Mind report. The inability to easily exchange data between a variety of health systems creates a service gap and leads to lost innovation and insights that could increase productivity or reduce costs.
The new report provides an inside look at the priorities leaders have identified for the coming year. Download the report now to unlock access to quotes, key statistics, and more insights into what is “Top of Mind” for health system leaders.