Automation drove weavers from their looms in the industrial revolution. The Internet’s and tools facilitated the movement of manufacturing process for most software from the high priced markets in the US to India. So too the digitalization of health records combined with the insight that data yields and embed into work flow engines of care delivery will radically change the healthcare ecosystem.
Since I joined Forrester research, in the fall of 2013, my perceptions of what drives change has changed. I thought that the socio-political forces were driving software to change healthcare. Now I think software is driving changes to the socio-economic fabric. While we pundits are busy noticing:
- EMRs being implemented.
- Master patient indexes are rolling out.
- Capabilities shifting to mobile.
- Insurance companies rolling out tools to better track and communicating with consumers.
- Startups forging new methods and business models to engage patients.
- Large consumer companies making moves to gain access to our healthcare data by offering us free tracking tools.
- Telehealth encounters becoming increasingly important to the administration of care.
- Big data and cognitive computing changing our understanding of epidemiology and personalized care decisions.