Each year we see more and more advancements in the field of healthcare information technology, and if 2016 was any indication of what's to come, 2017 will be the most impressive year yet. Here are a few of the health IT advancements we're looking forward to seeing this year.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released the Interoperability Standards Advisory for 2017—outlining the standards and specifications that can and should be utilized in the coming months to implement and improve information sharing between healthcare systems. Interoperability projects have already begun or have been completed across the country, but the continued optimization of secure data sharing is a major goal for the HHS, and in 2017 we expect to see further innovation in this area.
This past year we started to see healthcare organizations struggling with data capacity, and that's not a problem that's likely to disappear in 2017. As the sheer volume of patient data that needs to be stored increases, healthcare organizations will need to develop new and more complex methods of secure storage.
With advancements in information technology we also often see increased risk, and health information technology is no different. As data storage and sharing become higher priorities for healthcare organizations, so will security. Health IT professionals with knowledge of and experience in that area can look forward to many new challenges and opportunities in 2017, and beyond.
Remote Patient Monitoring
The Internet of Things has presented healthcare providers and IT professionals with a whole new world of capabilities when it comes to patient monitoring. New medical devices with the ability to send health data back to a care provider could allow doctors to track any number of conditions and symptoms, and perhaps even predict health problems in patients and increase the possibility of preventative care. Because of these possibilities, remote monitoring will likely be a priority for healthcare organizations and health IT professionals in 2017.
Now that electronic health record systems have been implemented in almost all U.S. healthcare organizations, the available data can be collected and analyzed—which is one of the most promising aspects of health IT for the medical community. In 2017 and the coming years, we'll see more and more research using patient data to find health trends around the country.
With all of these advancements on the horizon, health IT will continue to be a field full of possibility for qualified IT professionals. To learn more about the health IT positions available through CoreMedical Group, click here.