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What are you most excited about for health IT in 2019?

I am encouraged by the innovation, dedication and optimism I see across the health IT industry. With that spirit, health IT accomplished remarkable things in 2018.

With so many talented experts working to advance healthcare, we have a lot to look forward to in 2019 and beyond. We asked some of our blog authors to share what they are most looking forward to in 2019, and here’s what they told us:

Continuing to move beyond “Meaningful Use” to using health IT meaningfully, as more and more organizations use health IT to achieve the clinical improvement which has been long anticipated.

Michael Blackman, M.D., MBA, Medical Director – Population Health & Analytics

(Read more from Michael – 4 questions to ask when operationalizing population health management)

Healthcare in the United States is under attack. In 2017, there were 139 healthcare breaches as reported by OCR.  In the first 10 months of 2018, there have already been 257. This constitutes 12 million compromised patient records in the United States. I’m looking forward to a more unified response from healthcare providers to protect this critical data for our citizens.

John Hluboky, Vice President of Information Security

(Read more from John – The last line of cyber-defense: a well-trained employee)

SMART on FHIR will expand the role of above-the-EHR clinical decision support, particularly in the realm of opioid prescribing, which is strongly supported by the CDC.  We’ll also see an increasing role for advanced analytics in helping to improve patient care and outcomes.

David Hurwitz, M.D., FACP, Medical Director, Clinical Analytics

(Read more from David – Opioid crisis: A clinical and health IT perspective)

We’re going to see a rapid pace of adoption, demands for better workflows, and more benefits from data analytics and precision medicine. Innovation and clinical leadership are the new differentiators for healthcare teams across the country. We’ll also see more with patient engagement, including better healthcare access, prevention, equality and outcomes.

Ellen Loch, RN, Senior Outcomes Consultant

(Read more from Ellen – What you need to know about EMRAM/O-EMRAM in 2018)

We have an opportunity to change the way we approach our interaction with patient records. We need to be thoughtful about what data is required in each situation and help our users complete their work timely and efficiently. I am excited to take on this challenge and do our part to relieve the burden on clinicians.

Carin Mann, RN, User Experience Clinician

(Read more from Carin – 5 things that can improve nurses’ satisfaction with EHRs)


Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts with us. What are you most looking forward to in 2019? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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