What Does 2018 Hold for Healthcare Technology?

HCA News Staff
JANUARY 14, 2018

Who will make huge strides toward interoperability in 2018? Perhaps hackers will craft new weapons, forcing cybersecurity squads to rethink their safeguards. And better, more accessible data might lead to greater advances in precision medicine. Experts and insiders sounded off to Healthcare Analytics News about the projects, people, and patterns poised to pop off in 2018.

Electronic Medical Records Vendors Will Step to the Population Health Plate
Healthcare providers continue to demand more complete, singular solutions for population health management, and experts think that electronic medical record (EMR) providers will rise to the challenge. “2018 will see EMR companies perfecting and expanding upon these offerings. There may still be a gap in terms of the polish and functionality of the software, but the value of being a one-stop-shop will trump the diminishing gap between functionalities offered.” — Amit Phull, MD, medical director of Doximity
The Year of Man-Machine Collaboration

Machine learning will make screening exams cheaper and more readily available. The algorithms will act as force multipliers for radiologists for procedures like CT lung screening. — “2018 will be the year of man-machine collaboration. This is truly a brave new world that will benefit all of us.” — Morris Panner, JD, CEO of Ambra Health

The Rise of the Digital Pill
In 2017, the FDA approved the first digital pill: a sensor-enabled version of the antipsychotic Abilify designed to monitor adherence. As the technology improves, experts expect digital drugs to get more widespread. Peter R. Chai of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, studied the issue and foresees smaller-sized tech in the future. “In the year since our study, we went from this big clunky device to a reader the size of an ID badge that sits on a lanyard.” — Peter R. Chai, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Services
The arms race surrounding healthcare cybersecurity will further escalate, with both white hats and black hats sharpening their teeth. “Cybercriminals will become more organized and act ‘as a service.’ Companies will also demand more security products ‘as a service’ to keep up, plus maintain lower costs and increase efficiency.” — Fatih Orhan, PhD, VP of Threat Labs at Comodo

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