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.
These drivers of change will have a significant impact on technology in healthcare. Healthcare organizations have typically lagged behind and continue to rely on legacy technology. In a recent IDC Health Insights survey of payers and providers are deploying what IDC calls technology accelerators such as, IoT, 3D printing, next generation security, cognitive/AI, augmented/virtual reality, and robotics. The economic, social, technology and environmental factors are converging and present an opportunity for healthcare organizations across the globe to make significant enhancements in productivity and efficiency which will yield positive clinical and financial outcomes.
- Prediction 1: By 2018, There Will Be a Doubling of Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Organizations
- Prediction 2: By 2019, There Will Be a 50% Increase in the Use of Robots to Deliver Medications, Supplies and Food Throughout the Hospital
- Prediction 3: By 2019, 60% of Healthcare Applications Will Collect Real-Time Location Data and Clinical IoT Device Data and Embed Cognitive Capabilities to Discover Patterns, Thereby Freeing up 30% of Clinicians’ Time
- Prediction 4: By 2020, 20% of Payers Will Offer Personalized Benefits with Options for a Consumer to Dynamically Reduce Premium and/or Alter Deductible/Copay by Disclosing Personal Health Data
- Prediction 5: By the End of 2018, Payers Will Have Saved $1 Billion Globally Through Implementation of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Tools, Skill Sets, and Process Reengineering
- Prediction 6: In 2017, Patient Engagement Across the Life Science/Healthcare Ecosystem Will Jump from Passive to Active
- Prediction 7: By 2020, 70% of the Developed Nations Will Homogenize Health Insurance with the Rest of the World, Moving to Replace Self/Employer-Based Options with Expanded Government Sponsorship
- Prediction 8: Seeking a Passive Way to Measure Patients’ Vital Signs and Other Biometrics, More than 40% of Healthcare Organizations Across the World Will Use IoT-Enabled Biosensors by 2019
- Prediction 9: By 2020, Care Plan Adjustments Will Be Made in Real Time with Cognitive/AI Using Data from Wearable Devices, Resulting in 20% More Patients Being Engaged in Their Health
- Prediction 10: By 2018, Drug Makers Will Double Their Investment in Analytics Focused on HCP Data to Reach Millennial and Gen X Doctors the Way They Prefer It – Electronically
The worldwide healthcare predictions for 2017 clearly define the investment in 3rd Platform technologies and the accelerators that are driving digital transformation in healthcare.
Guidance for IT and Business Leaders
To learn how you can apply these predictions to your business, please refer to the guidance outlined for each prediction found in the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Healthcare IT 2017 Predictions (Documenton IDC.com).
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