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Top Trends in US Healthcare IT

Top Trends in US Healthcare IT

This year’s HIMSS* conference, held at McCormick Place in Chicago, was the best-attended ever, attracting over 􂀀 attendees and 􂀀 exhibitors. Five themes predominated throughout the conference:
Interoperability
Patient Engagement
Cybersecurity
Population Health

Payment Reform The importance of these issues for healthcare organizations was reflected in results from the 26th Annual HIMMS Leadership Survey which explores attitudes about business issues impacting healthcare, the ability of IT to facilitate patient care, population health, patient engagement, and mHealth. The health IT market is heading into new territory as federal EHR subsidies run dry and industry and government stakeholders increasingly question the value of the Meaningful Use program. The most dynamic health IT market opportunities for 2015 and beyond pertain to products and services that address the five themes talked about at HIMSS, all of which are central to healthcare transformation.

About this report

The 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, a key event for the health IT industry, held on April 12-16, 2015 in Chicago provided a comprehensive overview of the state of the market from the perspective of various stakeholders, including health IT vendors, healthcare providers, and government regulators, and as a reliable harbinger for what is in store for the coming year. This Market Insight includes a high-level overview of the conference, including summary statistics, special programs and exhibits, notable announcements, and select vendor news, excerpts from the 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey and implications of select findings, top trends and vendors to watch for 2015, and key takeaways from HIMSS15 and on health IT market opportunities.


  • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
  • What's Happening in Health IT: Conference Highlights
    • Summary Statistics
    • Special Programs
    • Special Exhibits
    • Notable Announcements
    • Select Vendor News
  • Where Healthcare CIO's are Focused: Excerpts from the 26rd Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey
    • The 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey-A Closer Exploration of Strategic Issues in Health IT
    • The 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey-Summary of Respondent Demographics
    • The 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey-Key Respondent Findings
    • Top Organizational Priorities are Focused on Patient Satisfaction and Sustaining Financial Viability
    • The Majority of Respondents Have Adopted Patient Portals as the IT Key Tool for Patient Engagement
    • IT is Most Critical for Achieving Success in Care Coordination and Meeting Mandated Quality Metrics
    • Almost Half of Respondent Organizations Leverage Telemedicine Services
  • Key Trends and Select Vendors to Watch
    • Five Key Trends Reshaping Healthcare
    • Interoperability-Growing Concerns About Information Silos Leads to Increased Action
    • Vendors to Watch in Interoperability
    • Patient Engagement-Market Focus Centered on Wellness, Convenience, and Access to Health Data
    • Vendors to Watch in Patient Engagement
    • Cybersecurity-Growing Realization that PHI is the Motherlode for Hackers*
    • Vendors to Watch in Cybersecurity
    • Population Health-Still in the Early Innings But About to Explode
    • Vendors to Watch in Population Health Management
    • Payment Reform-New Analytics Solutions Needed for Value-Based Reimbursement and Risk Management
    • Vendors to Watch in Healthcare Analytics
  • Top Takeaway and Market Opportunities
    • Top Takeaways from HIMSS15
    • Health IT Focus for 2015
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology

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