mHealth, Cloud Computing & MU

Today I wrote a guest post for Xconomy entitled Health Records are Going to the Cloud, Going Mobile, and the Feds Are Still Paying.

The post represents what I see as the primary trends in healthcare IT and correspondingly, where the majority of interesting innovations will come from. Based on what I saw at HIMSS (and corroborated in other places), Meaningful Use, mHealth and cloud computing will dominate innovation in healthcare IT this year.

This is not to say there isnt going to be a lot of activity with ACOs, but there is likely going to be little in the way of innovation or real economic opportunity in areas such as this. I base that statement on one thing: history. ACOs are just the newest machination of organizations that have been tossed around for almost a decade. While there are differences from RHIOS etc, they are not enough to get me too excited. Mobile and cloud computing on the other hand, are wide open frontiers and innovation we have seen in the consumer sector for a decade is about to influence healthcare in meaningful ways.

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