Artificial intelligence? Blockchain?

These emerging technologies will one day likely transform industries, including the health care sector. But in the meantime, health care organizations next year will more than likely work on tweaking the technologies that hold more immediate promise, according to SCIO Health Analytics' Predictions in 2018.

"Technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain are interesting, but they require more development before they can be applied operationally in a meaningful way," says Rose Higgins, president, North America of SCIO Health Analytics. "In the meantime, there is still much work to be done to realize the full value of the technologies that organizations have already implemented."

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.