Analytics continues to bring dramatic change to the healthcare industry in the United States and other countries, offering advances and challenges for the year ahead. Following are 10 trends to chart in 2016.

 1. Increasing patient demand for health services spurs greater use of analytics/operations research models. As the number of patients with insurance increases, so do the wait lists for health services. An increasing rate of insured patients in the United States creates greater need to optimize the allocation of limited healthcare resources. Just as lowering inventory in a factory exposes problems with product flow, this increasing demand for healthcare will expose challenges in managing patient flow through health systems. Greater demand for services will create the need to prioritize patients on the basis of need and urgency. The plus side: it will open the door for new and innovative analytics approaches to healthcare delivery.

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