Orion Health has had a productive and successful 2015 and we have so much to be grateful for; from bringing our technology to new partners, to receiving accolades from analysts and industry experts, to meeting new clients and expanding existing client relationships.

While reviewing our 2015 highlights and thinking about how we've kept up with marketplace trends to date, we also wanted to share our top three HIT trend predictions for 2016.

Population health will continue to be at the forefront of the healthcare dialogue. Population health is about aggregating and analysing large masses of data to identify at-risk individuals or subgroups, and ultimately improve the overall health of the communities being served. While the industry has been talking about population health for several years now, it is now even more important than ever before—as risk shifts to the provider in bundled and capitated payment models, health systems need to know more about the patients they serve.

In 2016, we expect to see an increase in patient information sharing and care coordination, and a renewed focus on patient-centered care, all of which create a richer and better understanding of each patient's clinical “story.” This year, population health will continue to evolve from managing care plan compliance to including other health determinants, like genomic and biometric data coupled with social, behavioural and family history information. We have prepared for this with a number of services and solutions that support healthier populations such as Coordinate and Engage, as well as our MSSP solution that provides real-time ACO performance monitoring and analytics data.

Precision medicine is the next evolution of population health, as our industry transforms to meet changes in the healthcare landscape. Precision medicine customizes the continuum of care from diagnosis to treatment and beyond, based on each individual's clinical, environmental, social, family history and genetic information.

We have taken action to make this vision a reality, developing the Amadeus platform to accommodate these huge data files. Amadeus, which we launched in December, facilitates personalised healthcare as it scales to aggregate and manage different types of health data. The super-scalable platform supports these massive data types, bringing them together with integrated clinical, operational and payer data to discover and drive optimal interventions and care paths for both groups and individuals.

Interoperability is the final issue we expect to continue to be at the forefront of the healthcare conversation. To achieve true population health and support precision medicine, it is essential to ensure that providers and payers alike have seamless, secure, and timely access to health information. As time passes and technologies are updated or replaced within a health system, it is imperative that the new tech is able to communicate with every other health information system. To be sure you are prepared to support this data sharing requirement, look for an integration engine that uses Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) capabilities and enables streamlined workflows, so providers can spend more time attending to patients.

We are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2016. We are more prepared than ever before to continue to serve our clients' ever-evolving needs with the innovative technologies and services we have in place.