The healthcare IT environment has traditionally focused strengthening patient care with clinical technologies, improving communications between professionals and cutting down on silos and inefficiencies in databases across functions within the practice. While those priorities are not likely to change in any drastic manner in 2015, the widespread adoption of ERP and the promotion of dedicated IT procurement strategies have led me to foresee a shift in the healthcare landscape, one that will result in an emerging set of specialized opportunities and solutions for the sector.
Tech-Centric Resource Planning
It's typical to see CIOs in the healthcare domain on the cutting edge of enterprise IT strategy at large, which is why I'm not shocked that ERP has taken on a more central role in small private practices and hospitals alike. With the influx of such trends as data center consolidation, analytics programs and cloud computing
support, it was only a matter of time before resource planning solutions became a top priority for tech leaders with more options and challenges to contend with. ERP healthcare software
will be key to ensuring smart and selective investment plans moving forward.
A recent article from CXO Today affirmed that these solutions will be critical to sharpening the competitive edge that healthcare institutions are struggling to maintain with the development of such diverse and complex tech trends. Now that IT is at the forefront of the healthcare management conversation, leaders will demand increased support from dedicated planning and financial solutions as they navigate an increasingly high-stakes environment. The source pointed out that with greater risk comes bigger potential reward, making ERP a valuable asset in the next-gen IT arena.
"While Information and Communications Technology has made waves across the globe, its potential still remains largely untapped in the health sector especially among small and rural hospitals," said Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and Group CEO and Greyhound Research, according to the source. "The health based institutions will have to stress on adopting IT products and services depending on their long term validity to avoid negative outcomes of the volatile IT health space."
Taking a Business Approach
As healthcare CIOs plow forward into 2015, they must remember that IT investment requires an acute understanding of the landscape and the supplementation of business intelligence tools. With ERP
programs in place and a willingness to take educated risks, these leaders will find that their strategies will gain much more traction this year.