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Jan 1 2012   11:46PM GMT

Which topics will be significant for health care IT in 2012?

Posted by: RedaChouffani
BI, business intelligence, cloud computing, Data analytics, HIPAA 5010, ICD-10, mhealth, mobile health, SaaS, Virtualization and cloud computing

As we ring in the New Year, we are faced with a myriad of questions regarding the new technology trends and changes that 2012 will bring, specifically those that stand to impact the health care arena. Below are just a few of the topics that will be widely discussed in the industry in the upcoming months, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), HIPAA 5010, ICD-10, data analytics and business intelligence (BI) tools, cloud computing and virtualization, mobile health and more.

ACOs: As CMS begins its official kick off for ACOs and their formation in January 2012, several health organizations will sit by the sidelines and watch others participate, while others will be embarking on a new journey for their organization and the patients. Congratulations to the 32 pioneers chosen to participate in the program’s initiation.

Migration from 4010 to 5010: Survey results from MGMA show that there are still a number of health organizations that have not fully or successfully implemented the 5010. X12 required changes. And with the delays in 5010 announced by HHS, this extension will provide many with an opportunity to complete their implementation and tests of the 5010 during 2012.

Data analytics: Analytics in health care has been gaining more and more momentum in recent years, and health care professionals and executives are now using business intelligence (BI) tools that can deliver real-time reporting capabilities and measures directly to mobile devices or desktops. This coming year will see an increase of BI tools and an expansion for use in compliance, outcome measurement, trending and finance.

Mobility: In the mobile health sector, more and more organizations are starting to see the reality of BYOD (bring your own device), a trend that is here to stay. The burden is now on IT staff to ensure that they can be successfully supported and managed. We will also see users from the clinical side utilizing their mobile devices more and more as the increase in mobile applications available continues to rise, including the many of the electronic health record related ones.

Security concerns: With the increasing number of mobile users, there are significant concerns around securing the mobile devices. There are of course other concerns as well, such as hacking attempts against mobile users and their organizational data.

Social media: For several health care organizations that experimented with social media in 2011, they are able to point to numerous values and benefits that it can provide, including increasing patient engagement and collaboration in health ownership. It has proven to be a powerful tool that can not only help market the organization and reach out to their patients, but can also help patients have more control and access to their care delivery.

ICD-10: While ICD- 10 is not required until Oct. 1, 2013 there are still many items that will need to be started this year as part of the implementation and planning process. Software upgrades and clinical and billing staff training will be part of the items that many hospitals and physician groups will be working with this year.

Cloud computing: Health care executives and CIOs are fully aware that there are several different cloud-based services available for their organizations. Services ranging from software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure, and even platform as a service (PaaS) provide cost effective, valuable options for many, and 2012 will require that many of the executives look for technology partners that can assist them in managing these different environments and provide security, compliance and governance.

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