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5 healthcare technology trends taking center stage in 2017

San Mateo, Calif.-based PokitDok predicted technology trends that will impact the healthcare industry in 2017.

"These trends reflect what our stakeholders are buying, using, valuing and telling us — it is clear that consumer-driven, not institution-driven healthcare, is here," said Lisa Maki, co-founder and CEO, PokitDok.

Here are five key technology trends PokitDok believes will drive healthcare in 2017:

1. Healthcare will transition from theory to practice in the Blockchain world. The new year will see academic and theoretical discussions move forward into pilots and applications.

2. Healthcare e-commerce will witness a boost in 2017, with more major health systems collaborating with technology companies for infrastructure with built-in cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance.

3. Telehealth will no longer be on the outskirts, pushed into the mainstream with expanded reimbursement policies, usage and outreach programs.

4. President-elect Donald Trump will likely not fulfill his promise to completely repeal the ACA, despite a Republican Party-dominant Congress and Tom Price, MD, (R-Ga.) leading the HHS. Dive into this prediction further, here

5. Auto-adjudication will drive providers to interact with EHRs, revenue cycle management and practice management vendors. "These vendors will ultimately serve as nodes on the blockchain, and through smart contracts, common business rules and processes will be implicitly encoded on the chain," according to the press release.

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