The following is a list of many of the emerging health information technologies (HIT) and changes in healthcare practices that are predicted to happen over the next 15 years – from 2015 thru 2025.*

 

  • The U.S. will remain intensely focused through 2020 on implementing Electronic Health Record (EHR), Personal Health Record (PHR), and Mobile Health (mHealth) systems that will ultimately be integrated via Health Information Exchange (HIE) networks.

  • The use of health information technologies (HIT) and 'open' access to healthcare data will contribute significantly to more affordability and improvements in quality of care over the coming decade.

  • The vision of putting in place a de facto 1st generation of a National Health Information Network (NHIN) for the U.S. could be largely achieved by 2020.

  • Health information technologies (HIT) will help patients to more readily access the healthcare resources and services on a '7x24x365' basis.

  • By 2020, new User Interface (UI) solutions will be widely deployed and utilized, e.g. Wearable Systems, Google Glass, next generation Mobile Health (mHealth) and Gaming technologies

  • Mobile health (mHealth) technologies are forecasted to reach 1.158 billion users by 2020. Mobile apps running on these devices will prove extremely valuable in helping to prevent and treat a wide range of health conditions.

  • Over the next decade, Internet-informed patients will become more active partners in the promotion

*Open Health News

EPIC Certfication

Background

Rush University Medical Center is already pioneering healthcare IT career training for military veterans through the EN-Abled Veteran Program. Epic is working with Rush to help veterans get the EMR training and experience they need to become more competitive when applying for health IT jobs. This not only helps match more veterans to jobs in a growing field, but helps Epic community members and other EMR users find the skilled support they need.

Epic’s Training Partnership

Epic’s partnership with the EN-Abled Veteran program includes the ability for veterans employed at an Epic community member organization to access training materials, such as companions and e-learning, on the use of Epic. This EMR-specific training supplements the current training veterans receive on topics such as virtual desktop installation or Citrix. After their EMR training, veterans can support the use of Epic on the floor to get hands -on experience supporting EMR end users, which many Epic community members look for when hiring for their training or go-live support.

Additionally, if an Epic customer now hires a recently-discharged veteran (discharged from active duty in the last 36 months) and sends them to training at Epic, Epic will waive the cost of that veteran’s classroom training fees for up to 5 veterans per organization per year. Epic certification is required for many of the full-time roles working on an implementation, including the analysts and principal trainers who build the system and prepare end users for adoption.