After analyzing trends in healthcare technology, industry analyst firm IDC released its predictions for 2015. The data provides useful insights into the evolving issues that hospitals will face over the coming years, helping senior leaders to identify opportunities for improvement in their organizations as well as plan for future growth. Among those trends listed by IDC are the following:

>> Operational inefficiency will become critical at 25% of hospitals, resulting in the development of a data-driven digital hospital strategy requiring a budget in 2016.

>> 15% of hospitals will create a comprehensive patient profile by 2016 that will allow them to deliver personalized treatment plans.

>> 65% of consumer transactions with healthcare organizations will be mobile by 2018.

>> 70% of healthcare organizations worldwide will invest in consumer-facing mobile applications, wearables, remote health monitoring and virtual care by 2018.

>> By 2015, 50% of healthcare organizations will have experienced one to five cyber-attacks in the previous 12 months with one out of three attacks resulting in a breach.

These factors and other listed by IDC (link below) will help hospital executives refine their road maps for investments in health information technology. The data also helps leaders prepare for the impacts that these trends will have on their organizations.

To learn more, visit the IDC website here:

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