By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Could Columbus serve as a model for other communities to improve Healthcare IT?
The Columbus, OH region is doing things right when it comes to pioneering healthcare IT and it could become a model for other communities to improve their services. The North American HIT market is expected to be worth $104 billion by 2020, providing an important niche for many communities to leverage for growth. And in a report commissioned by Columbus 2020, one executive declared, “Healthcare is just now embracing IT as the rest of the world knows it.”
Earlier this month, Columbus-based startup CrossChx announced that they had raised $15 million in Series C funding, bringing the company to $35 million in funding since 2012. CrossChx, which aims to simplify the way health information is recorded and accessed, produces Queue, which accurately captures patient data, finds errors, and verifies patient identities reducing medical mistakes and streamlining the process for both patients and medical professionals
According to MarketsAndMarkets report, the North American HIT market is expected to grow at a compound rate of 13.5 percent annually between 2015 and 2020. As the healthcare industry leverages technology to improve coordination of care, measurement, record keeping and more, the Columbus Region is capitalizing on this trend to spearhead innovation in the growing HIT industry. Other reasons Columbus is ranked highly include: