Updating healthcare technology

The VA later announced its decision to sign Cerner contract.

As the industry continues to shift into the value-based care model, healthcare organizations are looking for the right tools to support the move.

Industry experts are busy making their predictions for the top healthcare technology trends of 2018.

The Search Health IT team looked into their respective crystal balls to make their own predictions about what trends the industry should be on the lookout for in the new year. In this e-guide, discover 4 uses for AI in healthcare – particularly how it can help improve patient engagement – and whether we can overcome security and interoperability concerns surrounding the technology.

Some are already using AI for clinical decision support, population health, disease management, readmissions and claims processing, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Connected Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

But some experts believe that in 2018 AI will begin to provide value in areas such as cancer diagnostics, pathology, and image recognition -- something Merge Healthcare, an IBM company that uses Watson, is capable of doing.According to seed fund Rock Health, .5 billion was invested in 188 digital health companies in the first half of 2017 alone, and the number of wearables is projected to hit 34 million by 2022, according to Statista.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued new guidance that loosened its regulations for certain mobile health technologies to reflect its "new, more modern approach to digital health products." The agency said it was aware that healthcare providers and consumers were embracing digital health technology such as fitness trackers and mobile health apps, and that clinical evidence supported the fact that consumers can experience better outcomes when they are better informed about health.Sure, blockchain is one of the hottest healthcare technology trends during this window in time.But this year in particular will be a major test for the fast-developing technology's first major foray as people in the health IT community watch to see if and how providers start to use it to protect and more easily exchange health data.Cerner has already planted its stake in population health management, which at its core requires number crunching to gauge patient outcomes.Company president Zane Burke told the Kansas City Business Journal that Cerner will expand its population health tools in 2018 based on the patient data it has amassed.There's no question that in 2018, major vendors, many startups and independent software companies are moving quickly toward more fully realized blockchain in healthcare systems than most thought possible when blockchain burst out of the worlds of bitcoin and mainstream commerce little more than two years ago.Now, IBM, Intel, Google, Microsoft and others have units dedicated to development of blockchain products, including for healthcare.Increasing mental health services allows more people to receive care when and where they need it.Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie delivers a brief statement during the daily news conference at the White House on May 17.

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