Published January 13, 2023
Another year of the third decade of the millennium is now in the rearview mirror. The year was quite eventful, and as it fades into history, we enter 2023 with some trepidation. As in previous columns, I will recap the past year’s events in the healthcare domain. I would also like to remind readers that 2023 marks the completion of a decade of this column in Analytics magazine. For the last 10 years, I have written this regular column with no interruptions and provided updates on what was happening in the country and abroad in the field of healthcare. During this time, I have covered healthcare policy changes driven by consumer demand and politics as well as technology emergence driven by both large and small companies, including startups.
A decade is a long time, and the column has witnessed expansion with many major milestones such as Medicaid expansion in states, transformation triggered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (and its challenges), emergence and adoption of telehealth as an effective way to bridge care gaps, implementation of electronic health records (EHR) Meaningful Use stages, changes in the roles of chief information officers (CIOs) in healthcare organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic and global recovery, and emergence of machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and metaverse in healthcare technology.