IT Spending Guide: Place Your Bets

Scott Mace, February 1, 2018

Five IT innovations that health leaders can bet on to help their organizations deliver better care.

This article first appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

January/February 2018

Ever since the electronic medical record came to dominate healthcare IT spending, other innovative applications have taken a back seat at budget and resource allocation time.

But with EMRs/EHRs now installed at virtually every healthcare organization, the time is ripe for other innovative applications to rise and shine.

While certain technologies remain in the planning stages, others are making a difference today. Some are based on mobile platforms.

Others leverage the increasing power of analytics. Still others are adding the power of video in ways that go beyond two-way teleconferencing.

And yet others look toward a future assisted by avatars leveraging machine intelligence, acting as extensions of clinical staff who are then free to focus on more critical tasks.

In this overview, we examine five such innovative technologies, their costs and benefits, and how they point the way to even more innovations to come, as the next round of IT technology bets gets placed.

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Scott Mace

Scott Mace is a contributing writer for HealthLeaders Media.

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