Healthcare IT: Transforming for tomorrow’s needs

Healthcare organizations face a sea of change in what will soon be required of them. Great cultural, technological, regulatory, and political shifts are afoot. Digital data is exploding. Five years from now, healthcare will look very different.

 

If you’re in healthcare, you already know this. You also probably know that organizations that hope to survive and thrive in this changing landscape must use every tool in their arsenal to aid their efforts. For this reason, executives realize that IT is central to success and are taking a closer look at their own health IT (HIT) environments.

 

How might these IT environments help or hinder their organization’s efforts to navigate new industry partners, acquisitions, and consolidations, as well as emerging models for improved delivery of patient care and reimbursement? Will current processes need to change? If so, how?

 

Will current IT skill sets need to change? As digitization accelerates, so, too, will the need for greater security and compliance. How will your organization keep up? The cloud and new use cases for big data analytics are also creating as many questions as they do new opportunities. How and when does it make sense for your organization to incorporate such technologies?

 

Those individuals charged with overseeing HIT environments also struggle to address two simultaneous needs:


1. Curb costs while optimizing current IT systems to meet today’s operational, regulatory, and patient-care goals.


2. Transform enterprise IT architectures in order to make them more agile, more automated, and more adaptive to market shifts and innovative, new applications, and services.

 

Juggling such needs and priorities has become a necessary part of modern-day HIT environments. Amidst the digital onslaught, however, is also an opportunity for IT to become something more: A strategic enabler to achieve intended outcomes.