Health IT execs offer thoughts on the big issues of 2021

I’ve seen it said before that year-ahead predictions are like weather reports: Everyone reads them, but almost no one looks back later to see whether they were accurate. Still, since when has that stopped anyone from indulging in this pastime as the calendar turns from December to January?

Certainly, few could have guessed, as we rang out 2019, just what 2020 would have in store for the U.S. healthcare system. But having learned some difficult lessons this pandemic year, it’s worth taking stock of that hard-won wisdom – and forecasting how it might be put to work in the next 12 months as healthcare organizations chart a path forward to help a “shocked system emerge stronger” (as PwC puts it).

Here’s what execs from some leading health IT vendors think about the most pressing challenges – and big opportunities – of the year ahead.

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