2019 was a formative year for the healthcare industry. Looking back to the beginning of the year, industry experts predicted that 2019 would be the year where the industry would shift from provider-dispensed care to a more outcome, value, and collaborative-based culture to benefit both patients and providers. Industry experts also listed a number of trends for 2019 including a drastic increase in medical imaging and, because of that increase, a need for enterprise imaging strategies.
So, with a new year upon us, what do industry experts anticipate will happen this year in the healthcare industry? We caught up with Dave Nesvisky, Vice President of NetApp’s Healthcare division, to check in on what he sees as the major developments for healthcare in 2020.
Future Healthcare Today (FHT): Each year, we hear of a buzzword or term that is on everyone’s mind. What do you predict will be the hot IT terms for 2020 for the healthcare industry?
Dave Nesvisky (DN): The hot IT term for healthcare this year will be ‘data-driven.’ From ransomware attacks to the first steps into AI-driven healthcare, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about the importance of data to the healthcare industry this year. In 2020 this trend toward embracing the value of data and understanding how to put it to work to deliver better patient outcomes will only intensify.
FHT: What technology initiatives or programs do you think will be a major focus in healthcare in 2020 in terms of adoption and growth?
DN: I see healthcare systems adopting Data-driven digital care delivery. Being able to harness and use active, as well as historical data, to more effectively prevent, predict, and treat disease will be one of the biggest growth areas for 2020.
FHT: There are many emerging technologies that impact data management. What do you predict will have the greatest impact on healthcare in 2020 and why?
DN: I see four emerging technologies having a big impact on data management in 2020. These are analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), telemedicine, and virtual care.
For years clinical data was collected, stored, and protected for regulatory and compliance reasons. Most organizations looked at amassing huge volumes of data as a liability rather than an asset. With the development of AI and ML algorithms, GPU databases and other high-performance analytics tools, the perception of data has completely shifted. It’s now an asset to be leveraged to lower costs, improve care and patient outcomes.
Telemedicine and virtual care will finally achieve their promise to improve patient experience. In addition to delivering more cost-effective care, these technologies provide easier and more immediate access for patients limiting the need for patient transportation and expediting clinician/patient interactions.
FHT: Complete this sentence – For healthcare, 2020 will be the year of ______.
DN: For healthcare, 2020 will be the year of data-driven care.
Just as 2019 was an important year for the healthcare sector in putting data to work to improve clinical outcomes, 2020 will continue this trend. The industry can expect to see continued growth in emerging technologies including AI, machine learning, and telemedicine. But unlike some other trends, data-driven care will be more than a buzzword and will serve as the backbone of many initiatives that will improve the work environment for physicians, healthcare outcomes for patients, and the speed to market for clinical drug trials and new therapies.
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