Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions
In a recent webinar, Gartner, the information-technology research and advisory firm, outlined the 10 trends they believe will have the greatest impact on IT through 2015. While some of their predictions struck me as less-than-revelatory – citing trends already self-evident in the industry – some of their other speculations are both interesting and insightful.
In any case, this forecast is a great jumping-off point for further thought and discussion. Below, I’ve condensed Gartner’s major points into an easy-to-scan overview. What do you think of their analysis and predictions? I encourage you to share your responses. If you want to dig deeper, you can view Gartner’s presentation, as published in Health Data Management’s online magazine.
1) Consumerization and the Tablet
The growing use of tablets by customers will require companies to intensify their focus on security issues, use profiles, and planned integration.
2) The Infinite Data Center
Data centers will achieve “logical growth without physical growth” – handling more data with far less infrastructure.
3) Resource Management
Organizations’ energy consumption and management will become an “enterprise-level discipline.”
A growing mobile focus will drive an IT paradigm shift, security will be a greater concern, and creating portals for myriad devices will be a serious challenge.
5) Hybrid Clouds
Businesses will transition form their current cloud-based solutions to reap the benefits of private and hybrid clouds.
6) Fabric Data Centers
The integration of disparate IT elements via fabric data centers will help optimize workflows. Fabric-based computers will follow, offering pooled global resources.
7) IT Complexity
As every 25% gain in functionality drives a 100% increase in system complexity, companies will have to squeeze every cent from their IT dollars.
8) Big Data — Big Problems
The challenges of managing and using immense quantities of data will increase – making virtualized storage, de-duplication, and prioritizing of data crucial.
9) The End of Service Desks
Users’ demand for immediate, real-time support will grow, and service desks will become inadequate – transitioning into business productivity teams.
10) Virtual- and Software-Defined Networks
Increased automation, hardware/software separation, simplified design and other factors will change the interactions between systems, humans and one another.
Having contemplated these predictions, I believe that there’s an overarching trend that encompasses them all –– a trend accelerating at an exponential rate. Bill Gates articulated it well when he said: “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.”
Nowhere is this more relevant than in the business of medical imaging. Clinician productivity, diagnostic speed and accuracy, patient satisfaction, the quality of care we provide – all of these can grow and improve only as fast as our ability to effectively manage healthcare information.
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