Top 10 Technology Trends for Healthcare in 2015

The latest technology offers healthcare providers an incredible opportunity to improve the standard of care they are able to provide to their patients, and C-Suiter’s appear keen to implement the new tech; however it is essential that any technological advance is assessed for its cost effectiveness as well as the benefit it has to patients.

This week the ECRI Institute has published a list of the top ten technologies which could revolutionize the healthcare industry, which have potential to improve the level of care provided to patients as well as reduce operational costs. The Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List highlights the most exciting new technologies that could benefit the healthcare industry and suggests that top level management keeps a close eye on developments over the coming 18 months.

ECRI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching new technologies, medications, processes and different approaches with the aim of improving the level of care provided to patients. ECRI has over 45 years experience providing technical assistance to the healthcare industry and has helped to improve safety, efficacy and cost- effectiveness in healthcare.

The aim of the list is to ensure that emerging technology trends and new products are brought to the attention of healthcare providers to allow them to take advantage and not be left behind. However, according to Rob Maliff, Director of Applied Solutions at ECRI, it should also help steer healthcare providers in the right direction to prevent them from being “caught up in hype” around new technology and from making costly mistakes.

“Backed by our unbiased, evidence-based research, our annual Watch List helps hospital leaders make technology and infrastructure decisions based on clinical evidence and cost,” according to ECRI Director, Health Technology assessment, Jane Robertson

Top 10 Tech Trends for Hospital C-Suiters in 2015

  • Disinfection Robots: A chance to defeat healthcare-associated infections?
  • Three-dimensional (3-D) Printing: How much does your organization need to invest?
  • Middleware: Can it help you meet National Patient Safety Goals on clinical alarms?
  • Postdischarge Clinics: Will they actually help you to prevent patient readmissions?
  • Google Glass— Google has put a hold to consumer use, but clinically can the technology provide important benefits?
  • New Anti-obesity Devices: Should these be added to your bariatric arsenal?
  • Caring for Millennials with Cancer: Will outcomes be improved with cancer treatment centers focused on young adults and adolescents?
  • Fecal Microbiota Therapy: There is hope that the treatment can be used for a number of G.I. problems. Will it work for serious G.I disorders?
  • Artificial Pancreas Device Systems: How effective have the first-generation systems been and what can be expected from second generation systems?
  • Telehealth: Are there any more benefits to be had?

According to Maliff, “Hospital leaders must carefully examine their strategic and operational plans, and assess the relevance of these new technologies or infrastructure initiatives for their organizations.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.