How come New Year’s resolutions always seem to center around dieting and getting in shape? You spend your holiday dinner enjoying all of the spoils of the season and then try to talk yourself into a “lifestyle change” once the ball drops.

When it comes to Healthcare IT, what’s a lifestyle change anyway?  I might suggest it’s simply taking a look at what you already have and cleaning out the closet.  Failure to decommission out-of-production applications and the resulting storage headaches they bring with them is the gift that keeps on giving… in a bad way.

Speaking of bad, maybe 2016 is the year we should finally be getting around to addressing that dark cloud of possible security breaches because it’s not a matter of if, but just a matter of when.  The final numbers aren’t in yet but it’s clear that healthcare has a crisis on its hands.

And let me offer up one more resolution.  Let’s make the New Year the time we return to basics, realizing that we’re here not just to keep the lights on, but to actually develop and refine the technologies that allow doctors and nurses and administrators to make the lives of patients better.  It’s easy to lose site of that with all of the mandates and regulations that take up so much of our daily IT lives.  New Year’s is a time to reflect and perhaps, figure out why we do what we do in the first place.