13 Healthcare IT Trends and Predictions for 2013

From meaningful use of EHR software to moving HIPAA to the new millennium to big data, it's going to be another busy year for healthcare information technology. Count on these 13 things happening in 2013.
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The healthcare industry is three years into meaningful use, an ambitious incentive program to convince hospitals and private practices to use electronic health record (EHR) software. Regulators are also bringing HIPAA, the 1996 rule protecting patient data, into the 21st century. The same goes for telemedicine. On top of that, healthcare finally seems ready to benefit from big data, cloud services and other disruptive technologies that have dramatically changed other vertical industries. But certain advances won't come without a fight. Here's a look at 13 straightforward, complicated and surprising predictions for healthcare IT in 2013.

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