My Healthcare Predictions For 2017

Many Are Tongue-in-Cheek – or Are They?
By William Reid


Every year around this time we are inundated with healthcare industry predictions. Most of these seem to be more retrospective than forward thinking – taking what seem to be fairly obvious trends and simply saying “Finally, this year will be the year that (fill in the blank) happens!” Well, here are my predicted headlines for 2017.

·Healthcare Organization Wakes Up In Strange Place, Reports Massive Headache

A Healthcare Organization reportedly just woke up this morning in a stranger’s apartment, with a massive hangover. Note on pillow says, “Thanks for a great night, big spender. I haven’t had so much fun in a long time. Had to go run a few API errands, but feel free to stay as long as you’d like. Oh, it looked like you may have overdone it – aspirin in the bathroom. Love, EMR xxoo. ”

·Foolproof Security Strategy Unveiled: Don’t Click on $h!t

After years of investment and study, one chief information security officer seems to have found the cure to all information security problems plaguing hospitals. “After careful observation, we noticed a common pattern among our users: they click on links sent to them in email. Once we told them to stop clicking on them. As a result, we noticed our ransomware problem begin to clear up. Sure, our employees don’t get to find out if they’ve won a vacation package, or if they can help out a Nigerian princess, but we are safer.”

·Affordable Care Act Files for Divorce, Claims Infidelity

Today, ACA (better known to her friends as Obamacare), filed for divorce from the U.S. healthcare system, claiming marital infidelity. ACA was overheard yelling, “I thought you wanted me. You told me that I was beautiful, that we were perfect for each other, that you were committed. But, then I find you in bed with a new Congress. What am I supposed to think? We had plans!” Healthcare system, when asked to comment, said, “We just moved too fast. It turns out I wasn’t ready. It turns out that I still like to mess around with Fee for Service. I am not ready to make a value-based commitment.” What is unclear at this point is who will get custody of the covered lives and how they’ll divide up the physicians.

·Consumer-Driven Healthcare Recalled, Engagement Engine Too Weak

In breaking news, there has been a massive recall of consumer-driven healthcare. “We’d start it up and it would sound great, but as soon as we’d tried to put it in gear it’d stall,” said one hospital administrator. Said one patient, “I thought I would get to drive, but it turns out that there is no steering wheel. I only get to play with the radio. It looked good on the lot, but it really is a lemon.”

·Orthopedic Units Claim They Have No Legs To Stand On

Early this year, 800 hospitals seem to have come down with the rare CJR virus. This rapidly moving disease hits hips and knees hard and lasts for 90 days. Said one orthopedist, “We just have no way to control it. It seems too highly-variable. Some get to go home and stay home for the full recovery, but too many are getting discharged to skilled nursing facilities or finding themselves back in the hospital.” Sources report that there are new strains emerging that seem to affect the heart and other systems.

·Roto-Rooter Finds Big Data Clogging Local Hospital Systems

After months of mystery, it seems that that there is a massive Big Data clog affecting the local hospital. Common spreadsheets were not able to clear up the issue, and even a SQL snake was ineffective at cutting through. “We finally had to call the pros. We accumulated all this data and were not sure what to do with it. It kept building up. All our standard tools were not working and panic set in. We knew we needed to identify patient cohorts for risk management soon, but were really struggling to clear the clog,” said Roto-Rooter. “Yes, we have seen this a lot lately as hospitals slowly begin to gather data, thinking their systems can handle it. But before they know it, it’s coming out too fast and with too much volume.”

William Reid is the SVP and CISO of SCI Solutions. A version of this article originally appeared at The Health Care Blog.