Where’s HIT Headed in 2015?

The industry promises to take many twists and turns next year.

In 2015, the HIT industry faces more questions with seemingly fewer answers. How can it ensure that data exchange meets government regulations so that patient data are secured appropriately? What about meaningful use? Will mobile play an increasingly larger role in patient engagement initiatives? What does Cerner’s acquisition of Siemens mean for the rest of the players? What new technologies will organizations seek to purchase and implement?

“The federal government has invested $26 billion in interoperability, and many hospitals and doctor’s offices have implemented EMRs but we still cannot get the right data points out at the right time to help care for patients,” says Mitch Work, MPA, FHIMSS, president and CEO of The Work Group, who expects to see more mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies within the HIT industry. The reason? Many companies are selling into the marketplace, while federal money for meaningful use incentives has begun to dry up.

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