Healthcare Technology Trends for 2016

Thursday 17 December 2015
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What are the healthcare technology trends predicted for 2016?

The technological innovations of the last year are having a huge impact on the increasing investment into new and emerging technologies within the NHS. As we look back on last year’s developments, we thought it would be fitting to consider the various challenges facing the NHS and what healthcare and technology trends are offering in an effort to provide efficient, practical solutions.

This said, what are the problems that healthcare organisations need to respond to in 2016 in order to create a successful NHS?

Click the image below for a PDF summary of the issues:

2016 Trends in Healthcare and Technology

Unsustainable Costs

The issue:

  • Increased chronic disease
  • Unnecessary hospitalisation
  • Aging population and lower mortality
  • Diagnosis and treatment-based approach

The resolution:

  • New models of care that incentivise outcomes
  • Greater emphasis on community care
  • A focus on prevention rather than diagnosis and treatment

Preventable Illness

The issue:

  • Lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease are killing more people than infectious diseases across the world

The resolution:

  • Helping chronically ill patients track their health metrics and adjust their lifestyle appropriately
  • Promoting interventions and encouraging healthier lifestyle decisions made by patients

Paper-Based Systems

The issue:

  • Collaboration between healthcare departments and organisations is made difficult by paper-based systems and a lack of ad hoc reporting

The resolution:

  • Digitalising systems used by healthcare organisations to store and analyse their data – transferable data that can be quickly analysed results in more informed decisions being made by healthcare professionals

Misaligned Care

The issue:

  • Siloed organisations result in siloed data – healthcare professions are therefore ill-informed about their patients’ wider needs

The resolution:

  • Creating interoperable data that allows healthcare professionals to access all of the information they need from various health organisations – care can then become more efficient and patient-centred

How will technology respond to these issues in 2016?

Business Intelligence and Analytics software will provide many of the answers to these issues. Technology such as Connexica’s CXAIR offers the following advantages that can tackle the problems that healthcare organisations are set to encounter:

  • Unify data, making it secure and interoperable across multiple health organisations
  • Monitor treatments costs and better manage resources
  • Track and easily report on a patient’s journey
  • Create and share reports quickly and easily
  • Manage and monitor patients experience with customisable questionnaires 
  • Track, flag and improve statistics such as admissions and bed use
  • Identify high-fliers in hospitals and regularly track their health
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles by allowing access to own health analytics
  • Identify at-risk patients and groups and respond efficiently
  • Carry out real time patient monitoring
  • Highlight activity within your supply chain 

Interoperability is set to prevail throughout healthcare and technology discussions during 2016. Information technology systems and software applications used within different healthcare organisations need to be able to communicate with one another, to share data and utilise the information that has been exchanged.

Connexica are proud to have signed techUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter this week to address this challenge. We are committed to ensuring information systems are a key enabler of integrated care.

As a signatory, Connexica adhere to making information systems more open and easier to integrate, to enable the free-flow of patient information between products, and hence across the care continuum. In doing so, we are making a significant contribution to delivering the new models of integrated care set out in the Five Year Forward View that will radically transform the way patients are treated. To find out more about the principles in the Charter please visit techUK’s website.

For more information about CXAIR and the ways in which this software can benefit healthcare organisations, please contact a member of our team at info@connexica.com

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