10. People trump technology.
Healthcare leaders are all around us. But it takes dogged determination to not get swept up in the bits and bytes. Too much technology is surrounded by a candy coating of hype. To cut through it, check out Quantified Self, a new movement of people determined to use technology in a fundamental way to track what they are doing. I attended my first Quantified Self meetup in San Francisco last week, and it was a fascinating mix of geek-love and the kind of excitement generated by a successful Weight Watchers meeting. Quantified patients, whose enthusiasm and collective tech already outweigh that of the government, may be emerging as the cutting edge of medical research a year from now. They are also figuring out some of the finer points of patient privacy versus sharing in a way that vendors, and providers, are only now getting around to understanding.
If half or more of these predictions actually come true in the next year, healthcare will be better for it. I was inspired to write this column by HIMSS, which is running a Blog Carnival to commemorate National Health IT Week.