Healthcare technology adoption has increased in recent years, even before the tech boom created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits of technology, from increased efficiency, time savings for overburdened staff, error reduction, and enhanced quality patient care, are driving implementations. However, along with innovation comes a heightened risk of cyberattacks, as well as the potential for fewer personal interactions between providers and patients.
Industry leaders share their predictions and the trends they observe, information that can help you create your business’s roadmap to address these areas in the new year.
Accelerated Cloud, AI, and Robotics Adoption
Jeff Robbins, founder and CEO of LiveData:
“In 2023, we will see healthcare technology innovate in the cloud. Moving beyond “lift and shift” of traditional mainstream applications, new systems of engagement will emerge that fully exploit the scale, speed, and specialization afforded by cloud-native computing. This trend, along with the increased use of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in surgery, will see systems that deliver improved situational awareness gain traction in clinics, pre-op, surgery, and post-anesthesia care units. These systems of engagement will complement systems of record, like electronic health records (EHRs), to communicate, capture, record, and share – in real time – the status of a patient in each step of their surgical journey.”
Amy Brown, Founder & CEO, Authenticx:
“We’ll see more conversational AI used to understand the social and emotional factors playing into patient health decisions. And those factors are equally as important as their clinical factors. In the future, organizations will recognize the value of using emotional and cognitive AI to identify and analyze social determinants of health and understand the holistic view of a patient. Consequently, these providers will be more responsive.”
Focus on Securing the IoMT
Jeremy Linden, Senior Director of Product Management, Asimily:
“Expect the healthcare industry, including hospital systems, diagnostic labs, and pharmaceutical companies, to get smarter about securing their Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices in 2023. Ransomware attacks infiltrating healthcare organizations’ growing fleet of internet-connected devices are an accelerating threat. Insufficient IoMT security puts not just systems and patient data at risk but patient outcomes as well. Worse, IoMT device manufacturers publish 2000-3000 vulnerabilities each month but patch just one in 50, leaving far more avenues for attackers than healthcare organizations can address. Healthcare IT and security teams will get more strategic about defending their IoMT equipment in 2023.”
Increased Use of Asset Tracking and Mobile Healthcare Technology
Ryan Tofteland, Vice President, Sales at ScanSource:
“Healthcare providers are increasingly under pressure to keep costs low to maximize revenue while also providing better patient-based outcomes. Investments in mobile and asset tracking technologies will be a priority in 2023 to help overcome staff shortages and manage critical assets. Clinical mobility enables healthcare staff to access patient records, inventory, and communication all in a single device, optimizing workflow efficiency and accuracy. Radio frequency identification (RFID) and real-time location system (RTLS) technologies will continue to make their way into healthcare with the demand for better asset visibility. Both RFID and RTLS can run in parallel and integrate with existing patient and asset tracking systems to provide enhanced visibility for staff and administrators needing pinpoint accuracy in real time.”
Help Advance Digital Transformation with Healthcare Technology
Healthcare organizations are solidifying their goals for healthcare technology. However, they need your expertise and innovation to deploy solutions that deliver the most value. Consider these trends and predictions, how your solutions can support them, and position your clients – and your business – for success in 2023.