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Current Trends in Healthcare Tech

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Today let’s look at what healthcare technology trends are in the news.

First, the healthcare industry and healthcare technology will continue to grow rapidly. Reporter Lyndsey Gilpin reports for TechRepublic, “Last year was huge for healthcare. Not only are more people insured than ever before in the US because of the Affordable Care Act, but innovations in healthcare and medicine are also increasing at an exponential rate. The industry grew more in 2014 than it ever has before, and that trend will continue into 2015 as there are more innovations in wearables, digital health clinics, telemedicine, and disease research and prevention.”

Meg Whitman of HP also recently shared on LinkedIn her list of the top ten healthcare technology trends:

  • Mobile devices will continue to empower both doctors and patients
  • Big data will uncover patterns, problems and opportunities in healthcare
  • Cloud computing will continue to make healthcare data more accessible to analyze and therefore innovate
  • Security must and will be taken very seriously
  • Computing power and energy efficiency will be center stage
  • 3D printing use will continue to grow
  • Telemedicine will continue to expand
  • Technology advancements will continue to impact developing countries
  • Technology will help us better understand the brain
  • Bold ideas will unlock new healthcare opportunities

As mentioned above, self-service and monitoring are on the list of healthcare technology trends. Bob Moritz of Fortune underlines this trend, “Digital technology is a crucial focus, now and for the future. For example, consumers want more do-it-yourself health options, and entrepreneurs are obliging. Rapid innovation is everywhere, from the growth of the wearables market to mobile apps to FDA-approved digital medical devices. Indeed, in the first 10 months of 2014 alone, the FDA cleared 24 of these devices.”

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Finally, an increase in digital technology and data will focus attention on securing patient information and healthcare systems. Expect healthcare privacy and security to be top-of-mind and in the news this year.