With 2016 ending with FDA’s new guideline issued for aftermarket cybersecurity of medical devices, it’s quite clear that cybersecurity will remain in the limelight in 2017. However, in addition to cybersecurity, there are some other key developments that are expected to shape the medical devices landscape in 2017. From the adoption of cloud architecture to the improvisation of EHR, adoption of innovative technology will continue to remain a pervasive trend in medical devices sector. The top five healthcare IT predictions for 2017 include,
- Adoption of cloud architecture will surge
Over 80% of major healthcare organisations are already using the cloud to fill in existing technological gaps. Although there is skepticism regarding the security of the cloud, its cost-effectiveness and ease of access are key factors fuelling investment in this sector. Key players looking to gain a competitive edge in this fiercely-competitive market will look to incorporate cloud technology into operations.
- Improvisation of EHR will be the priority
EHRs have been a double-edged sword owing to inadequate interoperability. The burden of documentation has also been the prime pain point, which will possibly be addressed by a majority players this year.
- Telemedicine will gather momentum
Although adopted by many organisations in 2016, telemedicine will gain better pace this year. Driven by otherwise expensive, value-based healthcare plans and consumerisation, telemedicine will be a popular technology for remote patient monitoring, diagnostics, and chronic disease management. Tapping into mobile healthcare could present lucrative opportunities post-2017.
- Mobile healthcare will enter mainstream
Over 50% smartphone users seek healthcare-related information on their phones, whereas roughly 25% physicians use mobile healthcare apps to deliver quick healthcare. mHealthcare will evidently rise in 2017 and will soon transform the way healthcare is delivered.
- Digital healthcare will accentuate
With the proliferation of medical devices and healthcare equipment, this year will possibly see increasing attempts by manufacturers to obtain FDA approvals. A novel combination of device + service + medicine will be on the rise in a bid to achieve a comprehensive approach to patient protection and management. This trend will breathe a new life in healthcare, medicine, and pharma, offering players a competitive advantage.