IDC expects that much of the Internet of Things (IoT) potential to empower hospitals, other healthcare providers and patients in their decision making will materialize in the next few years, and it will be driven by major developments in IoT platforms and advanced analytics. With these tools, the vast amount of data generated by endpoints can be gathered, analysed and turned into clinical value. IoT platforms are evolving rapidly, and their architecture is becoming increasingly sophisticated. At a basic level, these products connect devices, collect and manage vast amounts of data, and expose new insights to healthcare providers’ backend systems or to third parties. Their ability to support the development of new applications that can underpin better and faster decision making is crucial.
Watson Health set its sights on applying cognitive/AI on a wide range of healthcare domains including evaluating radiology images, unlocking genomic data to improve diagnoses and treatment decisions, assisting physicians in developing treatment plans for cancer patients and enabling population health. Those skeptics in the healthcare industry that challenged IBM's ability to democratize Watson should take note that Watson for Oncology is being deployed in mainstream hospitals and is actively being used by oncologists across the world.
May 22, 2017: Today IDC Health Insights announced the second annual IDC Health Insights HealthTech Rankings. The leading global vendors of healthcare IT hardware, software, and services have been separated into two categories: Optum is the leader of the Top 50 and IBM is the leader of the Enterprise Top 25.
IDC Health Insights recently published IDC MaturityScape: Cloud in Healthcare 2.0. This report identifies the stages, critical measures, and actions that are required for healthcare organizations (payers as well as providers) to understand the impact that cloud deployments can have on their business outcomes so that they can take the necessary actions to move forward in with their cloud road map.
During a discussion on health IT and electronic medical records, a senior physician once said to me "I feel after so many years of medical school and decades worth of practice, I ended up as a typist." Earlier today, a massive ransomware attack infected computers worldwide and went as far as to seriously disrupt operations in the UK National Health Service. We are in a new age for healthcare, one with immeasurable challenge and concerns.
IDC Health Insights just released an infographic covering key areas for healthcare digital transformation in Europe. this infographic builds on the content covered in our report on key research themes for 2017 (http://bit.ly/2n9vALD). Any question, the IDC Health Insights EMEA team will be happy to support! Happy viewing!