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Forrester outlines IT imperatives for healthcare providers in the U.S.

Brian Eastwood | March 26, 2014
Healthcare providers such hospitals, medical offices and clinics face an unsettling reality, according to a recent Forrester report: Embrace the cloud, big data, mobile and other emerging technology or get acquired by a healthcare organization that's successfully been there and done that.

Healthcare reform and the HITECH Act have demanded that the U.S. healthcare system change radically and fundamentally, Snow says - and the operational model, technology and the tools are all responding. It won't be long before systems offer such "profoundly capable" automation that physicians serve as QA for machine generated responses (for example, "This person with the flu needs antibiotics") and can focus more attention on less trivial matters.

"It's another way that cost can be taken out of the system," Snow says.

 

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