Health Care IT Cheat Sheets: Digital Health Systems

Quick overviews of the new and emerging technologies for today’s digital health systems

Download our cheat sheets to brush up on new and emerging technologies in today's digital world.

Digital Health Systems | Artificial Intelligence | Business Intelligence and Analytics | Big Data | Cloud Computing | EMR Optimization | Interoperability | Internet of Things | Virtual Reality | 3D Printing

Digital Health Systems

Provider organizations must now view IT as an operational optimizer, a strategy enabler, and potential industry disrupter. They must also track the fast-changing technologies and IT-related capabilities, and capitalize upon opportunities for IT-powered incremental, sustaining, or disruptive innovation.

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Artificial Intelligence

Recent advances across several industries and task types have focused new attention on the field of AI. Relative to human decision making, AI systems can provide advantages in speed, capacity, quality, and consistency. Several areas of opportunity for AI exist in health care.

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Business Intelligence and Analytics

Many questions remain regarding the details of health care reform today. There is broad recognition that BI and analytics are necessary for helping health care organizations adjust to the exponential rise in the availability of data, along with new financial and quality imperatives driven by value-based payment models.

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Big Data

The health care industry has seen the rapid adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), the rise of consumer mobile devices, and increasing use of clinical biometric sensors are generating floods of new data. New "big data" technologies manage and drive value from this new flood of data.

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Cloud Computing

Cloud technology offers hospitals and health systems several potential benefits, such as lowering capital costs, enabling flexible, on-demand addition of computing resources, boosting scalability, and improving reliability (e.g., data backup and recovery).

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EMR Optimization

EMR implementations are never a seamless process. EMR optimization provides a link between system functionality, process changes, and expected future benefits that gives HCOs an opportunity to achieve measurable outcomes and long-term business value.

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Interoperability

In health care, interoperability is the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, to exchange data accurately, effectively and consistently, and to use the information that has been exchanged. The rapid adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) coupled with rising clinical and business needs for cross-continuum data are driving a renewed focus on interoperability technologies.

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the addition of intelligence and connectivity to everyday objects through recent advances in low-cost, low-power computing, communications, and sensor technologies.

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Virtual Reality

Historically, the high cost of virtual reality systems has been a primary barrier for adoption. However, increasing computing power and the ubiquity of personal computers (PCs) and smartphones has brought a rapid decline in cost, which has made this technology accessible to a greater number of health care organizations.

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3D Printing

3D printing already has some footholds in the health care industry, but expectations for this technology have recently grown. The technology has the potential to streamline manufacturing, allowing health care organizations (and eventually patients) to design and produce products on demand, cheaply and efficiently.

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