Where’s the Health IT Innovation?

Becker’s Health IT’s Akanksha Jayanthi, has put together an article which outlines the 11 most interesting developments in health IT this year. Here’s the list:

1. Data breach overload.
2. Meaningful use forges on.
3. Epic gets vocal.
4. Telemedicine takes off.
5. The talent gap widens as a need for IT leaders emerges.
6. Mayo Clinic pick makes Epic more epic.
7. IBM ventures into health IT.
8. ICD-10 upheaval.
9. EHR-related lawsuits skyrocket.
10. Hospitals and health systems shift IT priorities.

I won’t argue about what’s missing on the list since when it’s “most interesting”, then that has a lot of personal bias. However, as I read through the list I was saddened by how few things were really interesting. In fact, most of them were big negatives (ie. breaches, meaningful use, lawsuits etc). Our industries most interesting items are government regulations and purchases?

Does it make anyone else sad to consider that this is the interesting part of our industry? Unfortunately, many of these are interesting, because they’re such a massive part of our industry. They’re so massive that we don’t get to hear the many interesting, exciting and positive things that are happening in healthcare IT.

I’d love to hear other people’s lists or things that they’d put on their most interesting health IT happenings. Where’s the healthcare IT innovation happening?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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  • I think the hard shift from FFS to Fee-for-value is going to spark a lot of interesting innovation. Providers will need help coordinating care to ensure positive outcomes. Care coordination platforms have a great chance at becoming true PHRs as data from multiple sites of care are collected into a single repository from which tasks and alerts are generated to care team members…now that is exciting!

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