By 2020, 80 percent of healthcare data will pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime, as providers seek to leverage cloud based technologies and infrastructure for data collection, aggregation, analytics and decision-making. And, 65 percent of consumer transactions with healthcare organizations will be mobile by 2018.

Those are some of the near-term predictions for the healthcare industry by research firm IDC Health Insights. The predictions are meant to provide healthcare executives with a basic framework for evaluating and initiating IT initiatives—now and in the foreseeable future. Among IDC’s other predictions:

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