One Last Look at 2018 Predictions in Healthcare

The New Year is a time to look back and reflect on the previous year and take into account all that has changed in the last 365 days. A lot happened in 2017 regarding healthcare and technology and the trend for change doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon. Wondering what 2018 has in store? Take a look at some of these predictions made by a various companies, analysts and research firms.

Venrock 2017 Healthcare Prognosis
The state of US healthcare delivery has certainly been top of mind in 2017. Rather than relying on a Magic 8 ball, Venrock decided to crowdsource (a few hundred of the smartest people they know across healthcare) predictions on the future. Topics covered the impact of the Trump administration on the ACA (Affordable Care Act), how various healthcare IT subsectors will fare going forward, valuation sentiments, amongst other others.

Eight Predictions for ’18: Experts Prognosticate the Top HIM Topics for the Year Ahead, and Advise on How to Prepare
In order to have a clearer picture of what the new year will bring, the Journal of AHIMA  (@AHIMAResources) took a chance and asked AHIMA’s subject matter experts to predict what the biggest stories of 2018 will be in eight key HIM domains: informatics, data analytics, privacy and security, rules and regulations, information governance (IG), education and workforce, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and inpatient/outpatient coding. Healthcare professionals know better than anyone that anything can happen, but believe in this—AHIMA’s SMEs have a much higher accuracy rate than your local psychic!

Providence St. Joseph Health’s Top Predictions for 2018
Leaders at Providence St. Joseph Health, the nation’s third largest non-profit health system, predict no let-up in the massive changes in American health care, which will be defined in 2018 by continued debate in Washington, D.C., intensified efforts to address mental health, and broad leaps in genomics, population health management, and consumer-focused innovation. St. Joseph Health shares their predictions for what to expect from the industry this year.

Predictions from HIMSS: 2018 Expected to be a Year of Value
HIMSS  (@HIMSS) leadership came together to identify key health information and technology trends North America can expect to see – and prepare for – in 2018. While these predictions run the gamut from cybersecurity to interoperability and new healthcare modalities, a common theme emerged: the relationship between providers, information, and technology will deepen to provide more value to patients. We will see providers lean on information and technology more heavily to inform operational efficiencies and clinical improvements, manage and monitor at-risk patients, and withstand cyberattacks all while providing user-centric experiences. We’ll also watch the rise of a new workforce that couples clinical, analytics, and technical knowledge to derive value from health applications operating across platforms and systems.