Health IT one of biggest trends in healthcare, says one admin

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With emerging technologies and a devastating pandemic changing the face of healthcare, Daniel Weber, director of ambulatory care at Pendleton, Ore.-based Adaugeo Healthcare Solutions, said on "Becker's Ambulatory Surgery Centers Podcast" that he's especially interested in the evolution of information technology.

This is an edited excerpt. Download the full episode here.

Question: What are the three biggest trends you're following today? 

Daniel Weber: I think the emerging technology we've seen over the last 10 years — femtosecond cataract surgery, robotics with total joint replacement, our lab instruments keep getting smaller and smaller — that's definitely important, but we've also seen significant improvements with different softwares around patient engagement and education platforms.

But I think the area that I'm really interested in is the efficient transfer of information from one EMR to another, or one entity to another. And I see the emergence of health information exchanges as a significant improvement to communication across these entities that are unaffiliated, [and] ultimately the patients are going to benefit from [them] as their information is readily accessible from one center to the next.

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