2016 Top Health IT Trends

It’s that time of year when many are making predictions for 2016 and the subject matter of health IT in the United States is a hot topic for discussion.  Based on a survey of IT decision makers from healthcare providers, here, in order of anticipated priority, are Health IT Outcomes’ Top 10 Health IT Trends for 2016:

1.  PHI Security: Over 66% of respondents rated this health IT initiative as a top priority or priority; another 21.5% rated it as important.

2.  ICD-10 Compliance: Respondents ranked this initiative as a close second, also receiving over 66% in the category of top priority or priority; another 15% rated it as important.

3.  HIE / Interoperability: Nearly 63% consider this to be a top priority or priority initiative for 2016; 18.5% put it as important.

4.  Clinical Decision Support / Evidence-Based Medicine: 61% of those surveyed stated this is a top priority or priority for them next year; 22% stated it is important.

5.  Patient Portals / Patient Engagement: 60% of respondents categorized this as a top priority or priority; nearly 18% placed it as an important initiative.

6.  EHR Adoption / Meaningful Use: Over 58% of respondents rated this health IT initiative as a top priority or priority; 20.5% rated it as important.

7.  Population Health Management / Analytics: Approximately 57% consider this to be a top priority or priority; approximately 18.5% put it as important.

8.  Secure / Unified Messaging: Nearly 55% of those surveyed stated this is a top priority or priority for them next year; 26% stated it is important.

9.  Mobile Computing: 46% of respondents categorized this as a top priority or priority; 32% placed it as an important initiative.

10.  Revenue Cycle Management: 52% of respondents rated this health IT initiative as a top priority or priority, which is more than mobile computing; however, only 21.5% rated it as important, thus overall this initiative fell to tenth place.

The initiative receiving the largest increase, raising its ranking over last year’s list was EHR Adoption / Meaningful Use.  The initiative receiving the largest decrease, lowering its ranking over last year’s list was Mobile Computing.

Which health IT initiative do you think should have made the 2016 Top Ten List?

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