Healthcare Executives Group Outlines Top Challenges for 2018

The Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG) recently released their top 10 list of challenges for 2018, developed as part of HCEG’s 29th Annual Forum. Several of the challenges relate to key health information management initiatives, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, and patient engagement.

The top 10 list of critical opportunities, challenges, and issues facing healthcare next year is based on HCEG member input and sponsor partner research, and was compiled and ranked by executives from leading health plans, health systems, provider organizations, and other associations during the October 2017 HCEG Annual Forum in Nashville, TN.

The 2018 HCEG Top 10 Challenges are:

  1. Clinical and Data Analytics: Leveraging Big Data with clinical evidence to segment populations, manage health, and drive decisions.
  2. Population Health Services Organizations: Operationalizing population health strategy, chronic care management, driving clinical integration, and integrating social determinants of health.
  3. Value-based Payments: Targeting specific medical conditions to manage cost and quality of care.
  4. Cost Transparency: Growing legislation and consumer demand.
  5. Total Consumer Health: Improving members’ overall wellbeing and medical, social, financial, and environment.
  6. Cybersecurity: Protecting the privacy and security of consumer information.
  7. Healthcare Reform: Repeal, replace, or substantial modification of current healthcare laws, Block Grants, Single-Payer, Industry Stability.
  8. Harnessing Mobile Health Technology: Improving disease management, member engagement, and data collection/distribution.
  9. Addressing Pharmacy Costs: Implementing strategies to address growth of pharma costs versus benefits to quality of care and total medical costs.
  10. The Engaged Digital Consumer: Health Savings Accounts, member/patient portals, health and wellness education materials.

“This year’s HCEG Top 10 list was derived from an initial list of topics, augmented by the 2017 Industry Pulse Survey, and reflects the incredible transformation taking place in customer-centric services provided by health plans and providers,” said Ferris W. Taylor, HCEG office of the chair and past COO of Arches Health Plan, in a press release. “As discussed at our Forum, technology and innovation are impacting almost every aspect of healthcare. As an industry, we need these discussions among the best and the brightest thought leaders to not just survive, but to thrive. Our members believe these 10 issues and trends will have lasting impacts in the way we all become engaged, digital consumers and responsible, successful, solution-oriented healthcare stakeholders.”

The HCEG Top 10 List will serve as the basis for ongoing discussion, analysis, and in-depth research by HCEG member organizations throughout 2018, the press release said.

Chris Dimick ( is editor-in-chief at Journal of AHIMA.


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