John Halamka's Look Back at 2014 and Thoughts about 2015

John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, on the big health IT events of 2014 and what 2015 holds:

The IT needed to meet the needs of the patient centered medical home, the ACO, and Care Management spawned a new type of software - the care management medical record. Not many products exist and none are mature, but HIMSS was filled with promises of workflow engines, population health, and protocol driven care management tools. 2014 made it clear that the EHR is just a starting point and over time there will be a new generation of tools used by clinicians and non-clinician extenders to keep people healthy, not just record their encounters when they’re sick.

I believe that 2015 will be a tipping point, with increasing use of social networking concepts for care team communication, smartphones/tablets becoming the preferred tool for clinical work, real time decision support based on analysis of similar patients becoming mainstream, and cloud-based EHRs becoming essential for the agility of merging/changing organizations.

Read John's full post for his thoughts on Meaningful Use, FHIR, HIPAA, and ICD10.