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As the industry continues to look for strength in scale and strategic push toward ever-increasing verticalization, large-scale industry mergers and acquisitions will continue to be the norm during 2019-this and other 2019 predictions based on the digitization of healthcare.
Even though healthcare is notoriously resistant to change, we are now seeing the green shoots that signal U.S. healthcare is embracing digital transformation at an ever-faster pace-both in response to federal mandates as well as regional imperatives.
Digital initiatives deliver the best results when driven deep into a specific problem area and enacted as part of a cohesive change management program. More organizations are moving away from piecemeal technology to end-to-end process transformation. Innovation is best delivered locally, and that’s what we’re seeing all over the country-hospitals and physician offices experimenting iteratively to deliver measurable and sustainable results. Of course, we are only at the beginning of this journey.
So, where does the digitization of healthcare go from here?
Here are the top five predictions for what’s coming our way in 2019:
Change isn’t easy. In the midst of this exciting transformation, many organizations are struggling to keep up and facing competition from retail-like organizations pushing healthcare into a new world of patient consumerism. A methodical, well-enacted plan will help healthcare players view these shifts as mile markers on a longer road-one they can start walking down today. By taking heed of these coming trends and adopting a digital-first mindset, healthcare providers can continue on their journeys to improve experience and outcomes for patients, payers and providers. I’ll be traveling that road with our customers, and sharing both the risk and reward as we embark on the journey together.
Graham Hughes, MD, serves as the chief executive at Sutherland Healthcare, where he provides global leadership for operations, sales, management, and strategy. He is a physician with more than 30 years of U.S. and international experience leading teams in the development and delivery of innovative healthcare IT products and services.