This IDC Health Insights Perspective assesses the top HIMSS themes relevant to the healthcare payer market. HIMSS 2012 depicted the U.S. healthcare market and technology innovation as a continuing work in progress. Record-breaking attendance and a huge vendor presence suggested a great market thirst for conversation, collaboration, and solutions. Politically, economically, and socially, the healthcare market is literally banking on technology to create new business opportunities and solve the nagging problems of chronic illness, high costs, and variable quality.
However, overall, beyond incremental case studies and limited best practice discussions, there were few new insights. Whether the new business models or technology solutions truly will have the hoped-for impact on the U.S. healthcare market remains to be seen.
2012 is a year of great technology investment and experimentation, as technology vendors, providers, and payers actively seek to identify the business and technology models and best practices.