HIMSS today announced the availability of a new annual report, “2019 Healthcare Trends Forecast: The Beginning of a Consumer-Driven Reformation.” This white paper features commentary and analysis from leaders across HIMSS, Healthbox, Health 2.0, and PCHAlliance, each of whom have a birds-eye view of industry trends and the levers of change. By issuing this new annual forecast, HIMSS aims to equip industry leaders – including clinicians, solution providers, payers, academics and policymakers alike – with insight and perspectives to inform better clinical and financial outcomes for all.
The report is organized around four key trends: digital health implications and applications, consumer impact, financial and demographic challenges, and issues of data governance and policy.
Forecast highlights include:
- Digital health innovators will need to demonstrate greater tangible results. Digital health tools have been riding the peak of the hype cycle for several years now, but 2019 will be the year that digital health will need to answer for the way technology will increase access to care and narrow gaps in care and coverage.
- Consumer pressure will accelerate global reformation, value-based care. Consumer demand for greater access to personalized and patient-centered care will increasingly favor those offering convenience, choice and, most importantly, cost transparency.
- Financial and demographic challenges will inspire new methods of care delivery. In 2018 it became clear traditional healthcare alone won't bend the cost curve, and social determinants of health must be at the forefront of care. In 2019, companies focusing on the social determinants of health and how to integrate mechanisms for providers to play a bigger role in triage, data-driven care, continuity of care and personalized action plans will find a more receptive environment.
- Escalating data debates will drive policy changes. In 2019, privacy and security will be top of mind, with policymakers looking to the private sector and their policy counterparts in other countries to figure out what policy changes need to be put into place to protect information sharing.
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