After a decade of digitisation, what lies ahead for healthcare technology?

As we enter a new decade in which there is potential to see countless innovations and advances in healthcare technology, Shaver reflected on some of the advances we’ve seen from 2010 to the present – and what we might expect in the years to come.
The impact of EHRs
Aaron Shaver, director of healthcare and life sciences said that the leaps and bounds in implementing electronic health records (EHRs) made a huge impact over the last decade. According to OST, only 16pc of hospitals in the US were using EHRs in 2009, but by 2017 this figure increased to 94pc.

“But it’s not all positive,” he added. “Electronic records have imposed massive financial and operational burdens on healthcare organisations, with marginal gains in clinical outcomes.” “At the beginning of the decade, the healthcare industry was still solidly in the middle of digitising the existing paper processes and trying to understand systems thinking.

What should we expect next?
In the next decade, when asked about his predictions for healthcare technology, Shaver said he sees a great deal of potential in data. The industry will shift from using data in the historical sense to use cases in real time. Read More


Correct In addition, we are learning how to ‘digitize’ more abstract aspects of the provider and patient relationship, such as empathy and clinical outreach, which have been overlooked in the early stages of transition and restructuring of the health system.