Top 5 eHealth Trends Reshaping the Healthare Industry

Accenture eHealth TrendsThe Accenture Healthcare IT Vision 2015 reveals five key trends shaping the healthcare industry: The Internet of Me, Outcome Economy, Platform (R)evolution, Intelligent Enterprise and Workforce Reimagined. According to the research firm, these trends clearly prove that digital is dramatically influencing the industry today, and it will continue to do so for decades to come. The Internet of Me We have entered the era of personalized healthcare.

  • 49% of patients wear or would be willing to wear technology that measures and tracks both fitness, lifestyle and vital signs.
  • 16% of doctors say they routinely communicate with their patients electronically
  • 73% of health executives say they see positive ROI from personalization technologies

In the future, we can expect technology to only enhance the level of personalization. Analysts believe that you will be able to order blankets and pain meds through smart watches, get real time medical stats via text messages, and share all your healthcare information with your providers in a single click of the button. Outcome Economy It’s all about results.

  • 26% of healthcare executives say their organizations are using sensor data to monitor patient conditions and to react to medical situations.
  • 85% of doctors say wearable health devices enhance patient engagement.
  • 76% of patients feel the use of technology has the potential to improve their health.

In the future, wearable and “hearables” will become mainstream. New technology will direct you to available parking spaces, provide turn-by-turn directions to your procedure room, and speed check-in times during your visit the hospital. And real-time monitoring and sensors will revolutionize how we care for the aging. Platform (R)evolution Care will be ubiquitous, technology will bridge any distance.

  • 41% of healthcare executives agree that next generation platforms will be led by industry players not technology companies.
  • 54% of patients say the top reason they use mobile phone apps is for health monitoring.
  • 51% of doctors are using electronic access to a patient’s clinical data who was seen by a different health organization.

In the future, smarter platforms will bring greater access and ease-of-use creating a strong connection between doctor and patient. Intelligent Enterprise Software that recognizes, thinks, and respond accordingly

  • 41% of healthcare executives say their volume of data has grown more than 50% in the last year.
  • 52% of patients wants access to EMR data.
  • 28% of doctors routinely use computerized decision support systems.

In the future, big data analytics will be used to predict patient behavior and needs, help technology triage situations and direct patients to the right providers, and enable personalized care based on a patient’s personal, family and genomic profile. Workforce Reimagined Humans and machines working side-by-side.

  • 66% of health systems will offer digital self-scheduling by 2019.
  • 45% of healthcare executives agree that within 3 years they will need to focus as much time on training machines as on training people.
  • 87% of doctors search Google for medical information to help advise patients.

In the future, ingestible technology will offer new levels of data to inform patient care, new wearable technology will give doctors real-time access to data during procedures, and new technology will make it easier than ever for patients to develop a caregiving network. Technology has long been a valued resource in healthcare, but adoption has been slower than in other industries. Now, more than ever, it is critical to embrace technology, as it has become a must-have tool for transforming patient engagement, enabling personalized medicine, augmenting labor and contributing to better outcomes. To view an infographic of the study results, click here. For more information on the study visit Accenture.

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