Lightening is hitting everywhere around provider healthcare IT departments. EMR Meaningful Use (MU) implementations, ICD10 conversions and everyday support of existing applications have stressed technology resources. Furthermore, add new demands of ACO, HIE, IHE, PCMH and other government-related governance interoperability requirements and IT executives must wonder if they will ever catch up with yesterday’s work. As a result, strategic planning has been replaced with survival and tactical implementations so IT departments can ill afford the resources to maintain an inventory of next-generation technologies or to research emerging and enabling technologies once MU is achieved. Therefore, IT executives are left to wonder, “What are the emerging technologies that we should be planning for?”
Unlike any other IT advisory service, Healthtrend Research (HealthTrend) was launched to fulfill this single objective: To provide actionable and decision-making advice on emerging healthcare technology. Furthermore, while other IT advisory services are focused on vendor clients or on government-mandated tactical deployments, HealthTrend enables future IT strategies answering the question, “What’s next?” HealthTrend differentiates itself because research is:
- Dedicated exclusively to healthcare IT;
- Quantified by interviewing peer organization’s regarding their most recent technology acquisitions. HealthTrend’s future-oriented opinions include buyer behavior validation, vendor product perception and business-based best practices so clients can make educated and validated investment decisions;
- Not “hedged” with a probability percentage that a recommendation or occurrence will happen. Instead, HealthTrend provides actionable knowledge required to validate job-threatening decisions.
Subscribing healthcare stakeholders will have monthly research available when needed via a personal Member Portal. Monthly Webcasts will be presented and recorded on “hot topics.” Finally, analysts are available to discuss provider-based contextual IT application decisions and to render directional opinions.
Specifically, healthcare systems, community hospitals, ACO’s and other provider-focused entities have two choices to acquire HealthTrend knowledge:
- HealthTrend IT Advisory Service (Content Only):
- Monthly Research Notes – The Internet offers many vendor-based blogs, white papers, webcasts, and case studies. Of course, all self-serving content inflates the benefits and outcomes. HealthTrend synthesizes emerging markets, technologies and vendors with an unbiased eye, plus validates its opinion by interviewing peer decision makers.
- Monthly “Hot Topic” Teleconferences – Fresh and relevant research findings are presented on the second Friday of each month. Subscribing members of HeathTrend content simply acknowledge participation and listen, over lunch (EST), to the latest emerging trends and opinion. If unavailable for the monthly webcast, an archive is made available to all subscribing members for later playback.
- HealthTrend IT Advisory Service Plus (Content w/Opinion):
- Monthly Research Notes – See description above
- Monthly “Hot Topic” Teleconference – See description above
- Analyst Support – Subscribing HealthTrend members have the option of purchasing ongoing analyst support to assist, engage or request specific and contextual technology opinions for any planned provider acquisition. If HealthTrend analysts have yet to research the topic, subscribing members will be given an expected due date, no later than 45 days, of when to expect the opinionated research.
- Annual On-Site Briefing – Subscribing HealthTrend members have the option of purchasing an on-site analyst briefing on an emerging topic of their choice. These events are educational and enable contextual discussions to validate or accurately plan for future IT application decisions. – Subscribing HealthTrend members have the option of purchasing an on-site analyst briefing on an emerging topic of their choice. These events are educational and enable contextual discussions to validate or accurately plan for future IT application decisions.