Finding better ways to protect and use their massive amounts of data is the major resolution for the new year for healthcare organizations, HealthcareITNews found through its 2017: The Year Ahead in Health IT survey.
For the majority of the 95 healthcare executives surveyed by the site, security was the No. 1 technology that the executives said they plan to upgrade in 2017, at 52 percent. Analytics followed, at 51 percent. Tied in third place were population health and patient engagement technologies at 44 percent, both of which involve big data and heightened data protection methods.
“We are in an age where technology has extended so far into the realm of healthcare that it has become one of the most critical things, so the heightened need for security follows,” said Joe Fisne, associate chief information officer at Geisinger Health System.
In December, the Cleveland Clinic made headlines when it announced a partnership with IBM that will last for five years and be aimed at improving information technology functions at the center, including data analysis, Cleveland.com reported. Addressing rumors of major job losses, a Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman recently stated that the agreement with IBM would not lead to mass layoffs. She estimated that 10 percent of the 1,500 IT workers at the Cleveland Clinic would be affected by the reorganization, though not necessarily through layoffs.