There is no shortage of new business opportunities in the American healthcare industry in upcoming years. Just a few of these growth areas include:
- Integrating the electronic health records systems that 84% of hospitals had in 2015, increased from 16 percent in 2008 according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
- Mobile healthcare apps which let physicians actively track healthcare processes—a HIMSS Mobile Technology survey found that 90 percent of American healthcare providers used these kinds of tools to engage with their patients in April 2015.
- Telemedicine, which is not new, but is experiencing huge growth in possibilities—the number of patients utilizing telehealth services is predicted to increase from an estimated 250,000 in 2013 all the way to an estimated 3.2 million in 2018 according to the American Hospital Association
- Wearable technology devices are experiencing an annual growth rate of 16.4 percent according to Transparency Market Research, while the American Hospital Association predicts the market reached almost $6 billion in 2016.
- Remote monitoring tools and their fast-growing market, estimated by the firm Transparency Market Research to grow from a net worth of $0.38 billion in 2013 to $0.98 billion by 2020, are largely based in North America which is expected to lead the market going forward.
Technology for information collection and reporting usable data will comprise many of the high growth opportunities arising in American healthcare for the foreseeable future.
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