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Top 5 Technology Trends in Healthcare – April 2013

The healthcare IT field is rapidly developing and changing. Emerging technology and updated regulations put pressure on healthcare providers and health plans to stay ahead of the curve. Perficient creates a monthly list that explores some of the current topics and issues in health IT. This list examines the most talked about issues and technologies that are currently affecting the industry.HCBlog Top5 Trends

Mobile Health

Healthcare organizations have embraced mobile technology, as it streamlines healthcare, provides immediate access to important patient information, and allows for increased coordination across the continuum of care. Patients and members are able to easier access healthcare professionals, online medical information, and care alternatives to contain costs and improve quality by using mobile technology.


Interoperability plays a key role in ensuring systems can communicate with each other to share information. It helps to reduce redundant data entry, speed access to information and create a real-time flow of information through an enterprise IT system. The key benefit of creating interoperability is to improve the visibility, sharing and re-use of data collection between disparate healthcare applications and devices.

Health Insurance Exchanges

Exchanges are organizations that will encourage a more organized and competitive market for buying health insurance. They offer different health plan options; certifying plans that participate and providing information to help consumers better understand their options. These exchanges will be required by 2014, and will assist individuals and small businesses in comparing and purchasing health insurance coverage.


Starting in October 2014, the U.S. healthcare system will begin mandating the use of ICD-10 codes to replace the ICD-9 coding system. The updated ICD-10 codes will be more specific and allow for more precise billing and address advances in medical knowledge and technology.

Big Data

The healthcare industry generates massive volumes of data, which often isn’t leveraged to its full potential. In an industry where competitive pressures and regulatory demands are intense, information is a critical business asset, and healthcare organizations can’t afford to stay behind. Analysis of Big Data can help proactively monitor the health of the community population and respond to conditions such as potential illness outbreaks.


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