Healthcare Environment in 2015, What do you think?

Healthcare executives recently shared 5 big predictions for 2015 with Healthcare DIVE, which might directly effect how you do your jobs in the rapidly approaching future.

Lisa Khorey of Ernst & Young's Health Care Advisory practice expects interoperability—the extent to which healthcare systems can share data—will be a major theme for administrators this year.

But this theme of data sharing extends further than clinical applications of shared medical records.

In the new CV Directions, dropping tomorrow, Jared Hullet of Vigilant Medical shares his ideas about online collaboration and data sharing:

"Now, imagine a department at one facility being able to post a sample of studies to a partner institution. That partner institution could then do an explanatory review for appropriateness and quality while simultaneously posting studies to the first institution for review as well. This proactive and cost effective approach would put these institutions out in front of the quality and appropriateness issues most cardiac programs are beginning to dread."

Brian Sanderson of Crowe Horwath predicts that the Health Insurance Exchange products with higher out-of-pocket requirements will increase "patient interactions prior to and post clinical service."

"These interactions will have as much (if not greater) impact on patient satisfaction as clinical outcome, and will drive consumer behavior regarding selection," said Sanderson.

Are you prepared to deal with a higher intensity of patient satisfaction concerns? Tomorrow's CV Directions might help you—Ronald Stine and Benjamin Smalley of Sentara Medical Group discuss HOW and WHY to manage patient expectations and use data to improve patient satisfaction.

Jonathan Niloff of McKesson's analytics division suggests that the trend towards population health "will reach a 'pivot point.'"

Already in 2015 we've seen a major development in this direction—Trinity Health and Heritage Provider Network launched a massive population health partnership that will build new care networks and use all "new models for primary care, care management, post-acute care and high-risk clinics."

Looking for work? You might need a better understanding of population health frameworks.

Are you already working on/in a population health paradigm? Tell us about your work in the comments below!

Margaret Utterback suggests that merger and acquisition activity will continue due to the "changing reimbursement environment."

Trinity Health and Heritage Provider Network are only the first of many honeymooners this year.

Don't get caught off guard if you find yourself with a different employer who expects a different skill set.

Curt Palmer of SMC Partners, LLC suggests that new technology applications won't be novelties by the end of 2015.

This prediction seems particularly true due to the march towards population health frameworks which will require new technology in remote monitoring applications. We discussed one such innovation on our blog in January.

This year more than ever, you need to stay on top of things. We're here to help.

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What are YOUR predictions for 2015? Share with us in the comments below!

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