2020 and 2021 events pushed the healthcare industry into uncharted territories of digital transformation at an unexpected and often uncomfortably rapid pace for many providers. And this was the silver lining for many CIOs who really wanted to make the shift earlier but lacked the impetus or buy-in for sweeping changes. How are these events shaping the future of healthcare and specifically what does 2022 look like? In this brief we are going to concentrate on trends in three primary categories and how they will drive the investment decisions for the CIO:
Integration and relationships are foundational to digital transformation
Integral to these trends and the future of healthcare transformation is integration. Integration can no longer be a separate effort but is a key driver to every area of operations under the purview of the CIO. As progress continues in the areas of population health, value-based care, and regulatory compliance, clinical and healthcare operations leaders are driving these programs, and CIOs must continue to foster strong partnerships and lead the way to implement technologies that will result in success for these programs.
Deeper dive: 2022 digital transformation building blocks
In summary: Digital transformation in the healthcare industry has been pushed forward as a result of the pandemic. Healthcare CIOs will be driven in 2022 by the need to mature their IT operations and workstreams to focus on integration, automation, and security across their technology ecosystem. Patients and quality care are always center stage in these technology decisions. That’s why patient experience, distributed computing, and advanced technologies must lead the way as building blocks for lasting digital healthcare transformation.