Top Healthcare & Digital Health Predictions for 2016


Its end of the year, and time to predict and prepare a wishlist for the new year. Even though its the time for ring out the old and ring in the new, according to HCITExperts, there are quite a few things we need to review and go back and take a new and fresh look at existing healthcare technology before we can go ahead and take up new challenges.

However, we start here with the predictions made by some of the most popular resources for Healthcare and Healthcare Technologies in 2016.
The organizations Include: 
  1. Forbes
  2. CIO
  3. Fortune
  4. IDC
  5. Forrester
  6. PwC
  7. Perficient Healthcare (for analytics focus)
  8. Palo Alto Networks (for cyber security focus) 
  9. Dr. Bill Crounse 
  10. DirectTrust’s list via (for interoperability focus) 
The forbes Top 10 predictions for 2016 in partnership with Frost and Sullivan and thought leaders were: 
  • wearables, 
  • retail care goes mainstream, 
  • NDB (new developmental bank) invests heavily in healthcare and wellness services for underserved populations, 
  • rapid expansion of private insurance in india, 
  • population health opportunity drives healthcare M&A, 
  • less expensive and point of care testing enables new diagnostic care models, 
  • free preventive care services available to over 90%  in US, 
  • healthcare IoT solutions spur venture capital investments for startups, 
  • Hospitals investing heavily in overhauling and retooling outdated facilities to avoid closure trends, 
  • The global regenerative medicine market to reach $30 billion in 2016. 
You can read the complete report here
The CIOs list of top 5 healthcare technology trends for 2016 were: 
  • Interoperability will continue to be the top priority, 
  • Healthcare consumerism will gain ground, supported by digital technologies
  • Big Data will struggle to prove its value, 
  • More healthcare startups will run afoul of regulators and several healthcare apps will shut down
  • Healthcare technology will be increasingly be run by non-CIO executives
You can read the complete report here
The Top 10 predictions by Fortune were
  • FTC will stop major hospital mergers
  • Wearables become ther-ables
  • End of life care grabs headlines, and hospice usage doubles among ACOs and capitated doctors
  • A major hospital system will divest itself from its employed doctors
  • The insurance innovation craze of 2015 will be a bust in 2016
  • Precision medicine cools
  • Pop Health goes Pop
  • In-person on-demand flops
  • PCSK9 cholesterol drugs make Solvaldi look cheap
  • Employers start to treat healthcare costs as seriously as travel expenses       
You can read the Fortune report here
published a report with the trends for 2016

  • Demand for advanced analytics and new data sources;
  • Movement in the direction of personalized medicine;
  • Security and the effect of breaches in health care;
  • The availability of third platform technology — which includes mobile, social, big data and cloud computing — and innovation accelerators to enable digital transformation; and
  • Ubiquitous access to mobile technology (Burghard et al., IDC report, November 2015)
  • Cyberattacks will compromise information on one-third of individuals;
  • Third platform acute health information systems and electronic health records will start to come to market, with early adopters beginning transformation efforts in 2017-2019.

You can access the report summary here and detailed report here.

The forrester report highlights that, 2016 will introduce healthcare organizations to the following issues:

  • empowered patient, triggering changes across technology and business models 
  • interoperability
  • security
  • infrastructure updates related to mergers and acquisitions (M&As)
  • improved business technology (BT) agenda. 

This brief gives CIOs an overview of the major issues that healthcare CIOs will face in 2016 in the realms of data, patient expectations, and where and when patients get care.

You can access the report here

came out with the trends to watch for in 2016, these are: 

  • Consolidation
  • Drug pricing
  • Care in the palm of your hand
  • Cybersecurity
  • Consumerism
  • Behavioral healthcare
  • Care moves to the community
  • Databases improve health
  • Biosimilars
  • Total cost of care

You can access the HRIs complete report of issues here
There is also another summary on the HRIs report by the electronic health reporter here

Perficient Healthcare: 
predictions for Analytics for 2016 are:

  • Align Clinical, Quality and Financial Analytics to Enable Value-Based Care
  • Integrate Clinical and Claims Data to Enable Population Health Management Insight
  • Leverage Cross-Continuum Data Analysis for Improved Patient Care and Outcomes
  • Grow Enterprise Intelligence to Measure and Improve Patient and Organizational Health
  • Utilize Reusable Accelerators to Quickly Achieve Actionable, Data-Driven Insights
  • Use Predictive Analytics to Reduce Readmissions and Improve Outcomes
  • Leverage New Tools and Skills to Transform Large Volumes of Data into Meaningful Information
  • Increase Level of Understanding and Control Over ACO Data and Analytics
  • Develop and Implement a Strong Governance Strategy and Organization
  • Position Big Data Technologies to Enable the Everyday 

You can access the complete report here 

Palo Alto Networks: 
predictions highlighted the top concerns to be cybersecurity related. 
  • The number of breached healthcare records caused by sophisticated cybersecurity attacks will continue to increase 
  • The IoT revolution will take off in the healthcare industry 
  • Healthcare organizations will begin to move critical applications and infrastructure to the cloud 
  • Attackers will look to mobile devices as the next best vector into healthcare networks 

You can read the complete report here

 Dr. Bill Crounse: 
presents his Top three priorities for the new year for healthcare organisations, these are: 

  • Put as much emphasis on improving and modernizing communication and collaboration in clinical workflow as you have on the electronic health record
  • Include digital natives and patients/consumers in your planning departments and board room discussions
  • Embrace the cloud

You can read Dr. Bill Crounse’ blog post here

DirectTrust via 
Presented a focus on the interoperability issues due to the move towards a more patient centered focus. Their list of guidance were:

  • Patients and consumers will participate in electronic health data exchange. 
  • ‘Freed’ data will provide unimagined personal and professional enrichments
  • Federal and state agencies will move toward increased interoperability
  • Meaningful use will face forced, early retirement
  • Security, privacy and identity will reign
  • Direct exchange reliance will continue to increase     

You can read the report at

Additional Reports: 

1. 22 Big Data & Data Science experts predictions for 2016

2. 10 Technology Predictions by Gartner a Storify by HCITExpert

3. Gartner’s Top 10 Predictions Combine People And Machines – Forbes

4. Why 2016 Will Be The Year Of Mass Wearables Adoption

5. Healthcare Data Breaches Top Concern in 2016, Says Experian

6. IoT, Big Data to Spur Health Data Interoperability in 2016 via  

7. HIE and interoperability trends to watch in 2016 via  

8. HIE and interoperability trends to watch in 2016 via @HIEWatch

9. From AI and data science to cryptography: Microsoft researchers offer 16 predictions for ’16

10. CIOs target population health, patient engagement in 2016, see investments pay off via Healthcare IT News

 Keep coming back here to reference these predictions as we will keep updating the list with more information from the various research organisations and thought leaders.

Here’s to a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful and a prosperous New Year 2016 for you, your family and your teams!!

2 thoughts on “Top Healthcare & Digital Health Predictions for 2016”

  1. Hi Dr. Milind, Thank you for reviewing the post and for your comment. I have not tried to filter these based on an Indian Context. Have represented the data as-is as published by the various sources and thought leaders. Best Regards Manish

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