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10 Healthcare IT Predictions

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2012

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.


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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Dana Tee (9/11/2012 at 12:06 PM)
Great list! This blog gets our vote for the #NHIT week blog carnival. Over at DICOM Grid we particularly agree with point 1: Patients will ask, where's my data? We believe 2013 is going to be the year patients take control of their medical data. Our blog is about how cloud-based medical image exchange, sharing, and archiving can make that possible. Check it out and let us know what you think. http://blog.dicomgrid.com/2012/09/11/medical-imaging-exchange-in-the-cloud/ Dana Tee Marketing Manager @DicomGrid