• Prasanthi Naidoo

New report predicts the most disruptive technologies to impact healthcare


The healthcare IT landscape is rapidly evolving. To form a snapshot of the latest developments and get a glimpse at what might be coming next, the team at Reaction Data surveyed nearly 100 industry leaders.

They reached out to 97 C-suite executives and directors from various healthcare organizations, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and specialty clinics, about their view of the future of healthcare.

It seems like every week there’s a new press release about some major company deciding to enter the healthcare landscape. Reaction Data asked their participants who they thought would have the biggest impact. The answer was unequivocal: Amazon.

The online retailing giant was the number one answer by a wide margin. Apple came in at a distant second, followed by Google and Microsoft.

Who will have the biggest impact?

Amazon: 59 per cent

Apple: 14 per cent

Google: 8 per cent

Microsoft: 7 per cent

IBM: 4 per cent

Walmart: 3 per cent

Salesforce: 1 per cent


Three per cent of executives said: "other."


Amazon has been making major moves into the healthcare sector lately. Just this morning the company announced that it had hired top cardiologist Maulik Majmudar, the associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, for an unspecified role.


Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it is buying the online pharmacy PillPack, which has pharmacy licenses across the United States. That move is widely seen as an early step toward Amazon's move into the pharmaceutical business.


Reaction Data also asked healthcare leaders which technologies they thought would have the biggest impact on the industry. Survey participants said that telemedicine and artificial intelligence would be the most disruptive.


Which technologies will have the biggest impact?


Telemedicine: 29 per cent

Artificial intelligence: 20 per cent

Interoperability: 15 per cent

Data analytics: 13 per cent

Mobile data: 11 per cent

Information security: 7 per cent

Cloud: 3 per cent

Blockchain: 2 per cent

You can read the complete healthcare disruption report from Reaction Data here.

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