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Does Healthcare IT need a ‘Disruptor’? – Day 5
While IT departments historically have had a strong influence on what devices are or are not used in the clinical or hospital setting, a new sense of BYOD is changing IT in the healthcare setting. The consumerization of IT is the “blending of personal and business use of technology devices and applications.” When it comes to healthcare, younger physicians are bringing their tech savvy ways to clinics and hospitals, and their devices, too. Even older, more traditional (i.e., happy with a pen and paper) physicians are turning into iPhone/Android/iPad/Kindle Fire super users and they, too, are bringing their devices into the workplace.
More devices are available (at lower price points) and more apps are geared toward healthcare providers. This, coupled with enhanced network capabilities, a strong push towards an electronic environment, and numerous government regulations makes room for many ‘disruptors’ in healthcare IT. The question remains whether or not these disruptors will actually improve our healthcare system. Are all of these factors simply spurring more technology and policy or are they encouraging an environment that will sustain better provider support and patient care?
Over this past week, we have reviewed some of the past, current, and potential future disruptors that directly affect healthcare in America. With the Presidential race behind us, it is now known who will be in charge for the next four years and what his healthcare policies look like. What is yet to be determined is where these changes will put us in 2016. Will most Americans be part of an ACO? Will all physicians be using EMR? Will HIEs be mainstream? This uncertainty offers tremendous opportunity and tremendous risk.
An optimist sees all of the problems as opportunities to create innovated and disruptive solutions. A pessimist sees uncertainty and gets stuck with the continuous change in rules by the federal government. Our industry is full of both of these individuals—which will you choose to be?