Prediction: Ransomware to double by 2018, payers to personalize benefits by 2020, says IDC Health Insights

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The healthcare industry will undergo rapid technological transformation in the next three years, according to predictions by market analysts at IDC Health Insights.

Here are five of their 10 predictions:

1. Ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations will double by 2018.

2. Robots will increasingly be used to deliver medication, supplies and food throughout the hospital by 2019.

3. More than half of healthcare applications will use location and clinical data from Internet of Things devices and will leverage cognitive capabilities to detect patterns by 2019.

4. Almost half, 40 percent, of healthcare organizations will implement biosensor technology to measure patient vital signs by 2019.

5. Twenty percent of payers will allow consumers to personalize their benefits by disclosing personal health data by 2020.

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