Today, Information Week listed its top 10 Health IT predictions for 2012. Sure, there are tons of predictions to sift through this time of year, but, at first glance, three of these ten seem particularly significant. They are:
- By the end of 2012, the bulk of U.S. providers will be using electronic medical records (EMR).
- Successful accountable care organizations (ACOs) will be established.
- Payment for healthcare costs will be increasingly tied to successful outcomes.
If those three predictions turn out to be accurate, they would represent a sea change for how healthcare is delivered in this country. (The remaining seven predictions are worth checking out, too.)
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