Emerging trends in the medical field in 2017 include an increase in the demand for telehealth services such as secure email, video, and patient portals that allow electronic contact between a doctor and patient, as well as technologies that provide cost information directly to the consumer. This trend is associated with the projected increases in deductibles and mirrors the way consumers comparison shop for any product or service.
Industry experts have also identified improvements in electronic hospital record (EHR) software and an increased use of big data as expected trends in 2017 as EHR vendor’s struggle to meet mandated technology requirements and decision-makers feel more pressure in regards to payment models, lower costs, and consumer engagement.
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Recognized for excellence in teaching medical students, Dr. Abhishek Kapila completed his medical residency at the East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Serving as a hospitalist Dr. Abhishek Kapila is dedicated to integrating technologies into hospital processes and practices that will enhance patient care and the hospital’s overall performance.