In 2019, a handful of IMO experts took a stab at predicting what 2020 would bring for the world of health IT. Little did we know that the beginning of the new decade would bring with it the COVID-19 pandemic – which in turn would upend all of our experts’ insights into the year ahead.
Two years later, the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its many variants continue to shape not only the health IT landscape, but the field of healthcare as a whole. And during this global public health emergency, IMO has continued to grow our team and add more expert voices to the organization, even as remote work continues to be a reality for the foreseeable future.
So, with 2022 just a few weeks away we tapped into our knowledge base a second time and asked IMO experts working in a variety of fields what factors they think will be shaping healthcare and health IT over the next 12 months. Here are some snippets of what they had to say:
On enabling the inference of new knowledge
As we step into 2022, I’m looking forward to seeing solutions that connect various clinical entities – like diagnoses, medications, labs, and allergies (to name a few).
Sahas Subramanian, Enterprise Architect
On the role of the empowered patient
Patients feel much more empowered when it comes to ownership of their and their loved ones’ care and want better access to resources – both data and medical – to support it.
Ivana Naeymi-Rad, Chief Operating Officer
On bridging the clinical and administrative divide
The pandemic challenged the traditional code set update processes as the need for standardized, structured data simply did not align with the regular maintenance cycles of industry-standard code systems.
June Bronnert, MHI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, Senior Director, Global Clinical Services
On putting clinical data to work
Real-time decision support, population health, and advanced retrospective and prospective analytics are just a few of the places where the current and next wave of healthcare informatics must take us.
Steven Rube, MD, FAMIA, Chief Clinical Officer
On the rise of social determinants of health
While addressing issues in health equity is complex, work is progressing quickly to standardize the data elements defining non-clinical factors that contribute to health disparities, known as social determinants of health (SDOH).
Ann Phillips, Director, Government and Standards