Chilmark Research has picked their Top 10 healthcare IT predictions for 2010. A tricky task given this fast changing market.
Here are three predictions that bode well for RememberItNow! Read the entire top 10 here.
- Consolidation will Accelerate: Large HIT vendors will acquire smaller firms to either meet meaningful use guidelines (e.g. acquire PHR company to meet 2013 requirements) and move into adjacent downstream markets. Don’t be surprised if a large IT vendor from outside the industry makes a buy to move into this now lucrative market.
- Second Gen mHealth Apps Enter Market – Melding of Smartphones and Devices Remains Nascent: With literally thousands of mHealth apps now available, most of them crappy one dimensional apps, we will begin seeing more sophisticated mHealth apps enter the market.
- Baby Boomers Struggle Caring for Their Parents – Seek Solutions: In the last week in casual conversation the topic of caring for elderly parents among my baby boomer peers has come up on several occasions. This is quickly becoming a very big problem for many of us as we struggle to insure our parents are healthy, or at least being well taken care of, while we reside in the next city, state or maybe even country.
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In an effort to control rising insurance costs and help employees stay healthy, Wal-Mart is offering their employees an ehealth system. Employees will be able to log on to the company’s intranet to download and print any medical records their physicians require: allergy information, prescriptions, blood tests, entire health histories if necessary.
The retailer faces steadily rising health-care expenses, and it’s not alone. A recent survey of nearly 3,000 U.S. companies by global consulting firm Mercer found that health-related costs are up 6%, on average, for the fourth straight year. The company believes digital records will help to control costs by fostering “healthier associates who are more productive.”
Wal-Mart’s offering is built on Dossia, a not-for-profit enterprise funded by major corporations (each contributed 1.5 million) including Intel, AT&T, and Pitney Bowes, as well as Wal-Mart itself.
Learn more from this article in Business Week >>
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