Healthcare execs see potential in mobile, IT innovation

Health care organizations around the globe are investing in new technologies in an effort to improve IT service delivery, augment collaboration and enhance patient satisfaction. Now that the digital landscape is so diverse, health care agencies of all sizes are beginning to go paperless and take on new technological assets that must be procured, deployed and managed properly.

A recent IQPC Exchange study found that approximately 67 percent of health care organizations plan on implementing electronic health records and mobile solutions within the next 12 months. Meanwhile, 65 percent of decision-makers said they are planning on investing in new IT infrastructure services, which may include the cloud and next-generation technologies.

The survey also found that 59 percent of health care executives intend to augment their current portal technologies, suggesting administrators are placing a greater emphasis on patient-physician collaboration.

"The health care industry is witnessing the same technological transformations as organizations in the private sector, putting more pressure on IT asset managers to get initiatives on track with long-term objectives," said John Manna, vice president of sales at Aptris. "Rather than waiting too late and missing critical opportunities, health care decision-makers need to ensure they keep pace with technological innovation."

The future of health care IT
Big data, cloud computing and mobility are all major disruptive trends for health care, forcing administrators to build comprehensive IT plans that incorporate security, management and governance associated with each occurrence. The mobile environment is particularly disruptive for health care, as a number of organizations are beginning to choose wireless solutions over outdated landline services, IQPC noted.

A separate Center for Connected Health study highlighted similar findings, revealing that most health care organizations believe the use of wireless mobile technologies improves patient engagement, operational workflow and clinical outcomes. Experts said that where there were traditionally boundaries between patients and physicians, there is now seamless connectivity, allowing for more holistic interactions between numerous parties.

The consumerization of IT has had a major impact in the mobile landscape, as most individuals on both sides of the spectrum find mobile solutions more user friendly than legacy solutions. This is largely due to the fact that people can connect in real time and transfer information at unprecedented rates, allowing for more efficient processes in general.

As the overall IT landscape changes, health care executives need to plan their initiatives in advance to ensure their procurement and use of next-generation solutions are as efficient as possible.