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(JANUARY 30, 2019)
Healthcare technology continues to proliferate the sector, the developments almost too many to track. The sector abounds with innovation and push forward in the name of better - even the minutest - advancements of care and better care outcomes. The coming year will be no different. As we enter the final year of the 21st century's second decade, we've witnessed a tremendous amount of evolution in just 19 years. What role will our healthcare technology play in the healthcare industry in the next year?
A lot. And not just for a few, but members of many, many areas, even those peripherally involved with the boundaries of care. We must understand where current innovation is, but also the challenges these migrations attempt to solve. Being aware of the trends ahead can give us all a better grasp of how care delivery is changing and we can better understand how new areas can resolve real industry problems.
To help us navigate the year ahead for healthcare and its technology, the following are some of the trends that IT leaders, observers, insiders, consultants, and investors think are important or need to be taken notice of in 2019.
Dr. Art Papier, practicing dermatologist and CEO, VisualDx
Artificial intelligence: Each new year, AI tops the list of innovations that will revolutionize healthcare, but in 2019 using AI to mine the EHR for clinically meaningful data to advance the way we practice medicine will be much slower than the hype suggests. This is because AI requires good data to train on, and the EHR in the form of clinical notes is full of bad data. On a brighter note, machine learning of imagery will continue to advance at breakneck speed. Imagery typically has excellent metadata, in contract, to the electronic record. We can expect to see new tools for radiologists in the form of automated "second read" algorithms and in our field of dermatology.
Patient Care: Improving patient care will prove to be a top priority for health systems across the country in 2019, but in order for this to be successful, patients need to play a larger role in their healthcare. People are used to doing their own banking, travel, and restaurant reservations on their phones. It's time to enhance the expertise of their healthcare information. This can only improve personal health decisions and enable their clinicians to provide better care. As we developed Aysa, our smart AI-enable symptom checker, we realized improving health literacy was an important goal.
For more insight from other IT leaders and innovators, read the full article on EHR.
VisualDx is an award-winning diagnostic clinical decision support system that has become the standard electronic resource at more than half of U.S. medical schools and more than 1,500 hospitals and institutions nationwide. VisualDx combines clinical search with the world's best medical image library, plus medical knowledge from experts to help with diagnosis, treatment, self-education, and patient communication. Expanding to provide diagnostic decision support across General Medicine, the new VisualDx brings increased speed and accuracy to the art of diagnosis. Learn more at www.visualdx.com.