The IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Healthcare IT 2017 Predictions provides healthcare executives across the globe a guide to likely future technology and business scenarios. Executives can use this document as input to their IT strategy moving forward. The IDC Health Insights predictions are suggesting that the next three years will be focused on the adoption of disruptive technologies which will enable healthcare digital transformation. The drivers include the rise of computer-based intelligence with the increased adoption of cognitive/AI and robotics. The increased adoption of internet of things (IoT) technology is resulting in the convergence of mobile, social and sensors. The illness burden across the globe is continuing to increase with an aging population, an epidemic of chronic illness and the continued outbreak of infectious diseases will continue to drive healthcare technology innovation and force changes in reimbursement and contribute to shortages of medical and pharmaceutical resources.
While the healthcare industry is most visibly targeted with the promise to repeal Obamacare, the life science industry can expect to experience significant changes in the shadow of the 2016 elections.
The life science analyst team plans on diving more deeply into the topic over the next several weeks, but our high level view is that repatriation of off-shore revenue, weakening of the FDA, re-importation of drugs, and easing of calls for drug price controls will drive early, life science-related Trump presidency discussions and actions.
The quote "May you live in interesting times," is more relevant than ever. Stay tuned. As always, comments and alternative opinions are always welcome and appreciated.
As November 8th came to a close and electoral votes were being tallied across the country, the proverbial “shot heard around the world” was heard. Americans dissatisfied with the status quo and insider politics elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. IDC Health Insights reflects on the impact a Trump presidency will have on healthcare and healthcare IT initiatives.
Healthcare IT has traditionally had a technological focus and an administrative design paradigm and is hopelessly outdated in the world of 3rd platform and digital transformation. Digital hospitals of the future, on the other hand, must insist on IT with an organizational focus and a clinical design. Otherwise we fail to support and evolve the healthcare of tomorrow.
To measure your organizations maturity is always a good idea, and as a former CIO of a University Hospital, I have done it several times. Whether it is part of strategy development workshop or just as a tool to highlight your strengths and weaknesses, in order to plan and identify practical areas of development and progress, the maturity assessment is relevant. As a hospital CIO I used maturity models for just that. A tool of strategy and a tool of communication and practical planning.