Published article in Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Mike Noshay, MSE, Founder and Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at Verinovum.

This time last year, we healthcare leaders were excited to be looking ahead to 2021 and leaving 2020 firmly behind us. But our dreams of putting the pandemic in the past were put on pause. Now, as we look ahead to another new year, we wonder: will 2022 bring positivity, innovation, and transformation?

At Verinovum, our SWAT (Strategic Workforce and Tactics) team has once again consulted their proverbial crystal ball and have made some predictions about what healthcare can expect over the next 12 months. In no particular order, here are our top 10 new truths for 2022:

1. Telemedicine will become a more mainstream way to interact with healthcare professionals.

Telemedicine’s popularity will continue to rise as better technology delivers benefits for both providers and patients. Lower costs for delivering telemedicine will be a driver for payers and providers, while convenience and easier access to services will continue to appeal to patients. Infrastructure and technological understanding remain barriers for mass adoption, but a recent survey by Rock Health reported that while racial disparities had been a concern in the past, “Black, Hispanic and other non-white adults were more likely than white adults to use telemedicine.”

2. Cyberattacks will increase in frequency.

For all the positives, the pivot to telehealth as a result of COVID also opened the door to an increase in cyberattacks across the global healthcare market. The ongoing adoption of telehealth to capture, share, and store data, combined with the growing political unrest in the world and an accelerated integration of the Internet of things (IoT), make it inevitable that attacks will continue to rise in 2022. A recent report estimates that the global healthcare cybersecurity market could reach $24.56 billion by 2026 as a result.

3. Healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse cases will continue to rise.

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