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IDC Health Insights Publishes its Top 10 2016 Predictions

By Lynne A. Dunbrack

IDC Health Insights’ annual top 10 predictions report – IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Healthcare 2016 Predictions – provides healthcare executives with a road map for the next 36 months that prioritizes investments and identifies the areas of the business that will be affected and the relative complexity and cost of each initiative. The range of predictions provides a broad spectrum of guidance for life science companies, healthcare payers, and providers. Each of the 10 predictions includes the IT impact and guidance for action.

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IDC has just published its Worldwide Predictions for the IT industry (, and the various industry sectors including healthcare ( The main theme for this year is enabling the digital transformation at a larger scale, helping organizations in introducing new business models, products, and services that seamlessly blend digital and physical and business and customer experiences while improving operational efficiency and organizational performance.
Third platform technologies and innovation accelerators are the warp and woof of the new IT infrastructure of the enterprise. IDC predicts that overall "Within the next two years, 3rd Platform technologies will finally account for the majority of annual IT spending: CIOs and their LOB colleagues will finally be living in a 3rd Platform-centered IT world. By 2020, 3rd Platform spending will rise to over 60% of all IT spending. IT departments will be required to scale up from simple "competency" with 3rd Platform techs to "mastery" of these technologies.
What does this change in investment priorities mean for an industry as healthcare providers?

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