The Top 10 Health IT Trends For 2012

The Top 10 Health IT Trends For 2012

In an effort to uncover the true IT trends in the provider space, Health IT Outcomes surveyed 200 contacts representing IDNs, hospitals, group practices, and other healthcare facilities to gain first-hand insight into their health IT projects and focus areas for 2012. We used this data as the basis for our top 10 health IT trends for the year. The countdown to these trends begins here. We hope you enjoy and find value in the results.

Editorial Opinion
Ken Congdon, Editor In Chief, Health IT OutcomesUncovering The True Health IT Trends
Well, 2012 is upon us, and you’ve likely already been bombarded with numerous articles, reports, and studies claiming to highlight the top health IT trends for the year. Let’s take a moment to revisit the meaning of the word “trend.” Merriam-Webster defines the term as “a prevailing tendency or inclination.” With this in mind, I’d argue that many of the health IT industry’s so-called “trend” reports have lost sight of this definition.

By Vicki Amendola, Editor, Health IT OutcomesThe Mobile Health Revolution
It’s hard to ignore the impact mobile technology is making. Not just in healthcare, but in every facet of life. Our expanding ability to “do it now” is becoming the norm. Want to watch a movie? No need go to the theater or the rental store (or box) — just download from Netflix or iTunes and you can watch it immediately. Forget to pay your credit card bill? Just pay it from your smartphone. It is remarkable to see how impatient technology in general, and mobile technology specifically, has made us. We’re spoiled.


Survey Analysis & Methodology
Top 10 Health IT Trends - 2012 Survey And Methodology

Our in-depth survey of 200 health IT decision makers reveals that federal incentives and mandates are the biggest factors driving technology adoption in the healthcare sector this year. Get an inside look at the results of the survey, as well as our research sample and scoring methodology.



Commentary On The Top 10 Trends
10. Can Telehealth’s Benefits Outweigh Its Challenges?
By Vicki Amendola, Editor, Health IT Outcomes
6. E-Prescribing: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
By Shahid N. Shah, The Healthcare IT Guy
9. Moving Data: Navigating HIE With Patients In Mind
By Rita Scichilone, MHSA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P and Harry Rhodes, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPHIMS, FAHIMA
5. Mine Big Data To Advance Clinical Decision Support
By Barry Chaiken, MD, FHIMSS; CMO, DocsNetwork
8. Healthcare Needs A New Breed Of Information Professional
By John Mancini, President, AIIM
4. Is Protecting PHI A Pipe Dream?
By Mark Kadrich, Author, Endpoint Security
7. Mobile Solutions Drive Workflow Efficiences And New Care Models
By David Krebs, Practice Director, VDC Research
3. ICD-10 & HIPAA 5010: A One-Two Punch
By Ken Congdon, editor in chief, Health IT Outcomes
1. The Year EHRs Became ‘Real’
By Jim Tate, President, EMR Advocate