10 Predictions for Healthcare IT in 2019

Technologies supporting digital transformation are becoming more prominent than ever. In 2019, IDC predicts that optimizing the patient digital experience will be imperative for healthcare organizations if they want to remain competitive in this ever-changing landscape.

In IDC’s annual research report, FutureScape: Worldwide Health Industry 2019 Prediction, they identified the top 10 global health IT predictions most likely to impact healthcare enterprises, companies, and departments in the new year. Industry analysts also assessed the state of cyber security – which will continue to play a major role, come new technology and more databases.

A Better Digital Experience For Patients

Research director, Mutaz Shegewi at IDC Health Insights stated in this on-demand webinar.  that “the future belongs to visionary leaders and forward-thinking organizations that are able to break the shackles of legacy systems and accelerate mastering digital-first strategies. The thrivers will be those that champion data-driven, experiential, and personalized approaches through health IT.”

IDC advises healthcare companies that by 2022, just over two-thirds of their markets will be gone if they do not digitally transform their companies at an aggressive pace. While it’s been said that companies are constantly transforming digitally, serious and conscious efforts are being made to drive the industry in the right direction.

Cybersecurity Concerns

By 2022, 40% of healthcare providers will use machine-learning and AI advances to improve their cybersecurity capabilities with automated threat detection to ransomware.

By analyzing IT impact and providing thoughtful guidance, healthcare organizations are urged to be aware of cybersecurity trends and threats as they emerge and inform staff about best practices.

Come 2019, it will be important to find trusted suppliers of cybersecurity technology that understand AI technology solutions to ensure your patient's data stays under lock and key.

Here is IDC’s full list of top 10 global 2019 healthcare IT industry predictions:

  • Driven by rising consumer expectations, 60% of healthcare providers will make optimizing the digital patient experience a top 3 strategic imperative by 2020.
  • Personal data stewardship practices in healthcare will triple globally by 2023 due to digitally engaged patients bringing their own data and industry- and government-led data guardian initiatives.
  • The steady progress in artificial intelligence technology adoption will directly impact 25% of business processes by 2020.
  • By 2022, 50% of clinical apps will include ambient interfaces — speech recognition, sensors, and/or gesture — as their primary data capture model, supported by AI, enabling a 40% rise in data quality.
  • By 2022, 20-30% of acute care providers will deploy smartwatch-based apps, thus improving clinician productivity by more than 50%.
  • Orchestration of healthcare provider engagement will allow 50% of pharma reps to accomplish all field duties on one device — a smartphone — by 2022.
  • With growing patient advocacy and favorable regulatory guidance, real-world evidence will lead to the approval of five new drugs and 10 new medical devices by 2023.
  • Driven by the cost of specialty drugs and the evolution of negotiated bundled procedures, 30% of the Fortune 500 will offer employer-direct healthcare by 2021, bypassing traditional health insurance.
  • The need to liberate data for secure multiparty information sharing across healthcare and life-science ecosystems will increase blockchain use eightfold by 2022.
  • By 2022, 40% of healthcare providers will leverage machine-learning and AI-algorithm advances to improve their cybersecurity capabilities with automated threat detection to thwart ransomware.

We’re excited for the changes ahead in the healthcare IT industry in 2019. Take a look to see which 2018 predictions came true in the 2018 IDC FutureScape Report.