Many experts have touted that 2014 was a transformative year for health care in terms of insurance coverage. However, with reforms already underway in many parts of the U.S., the opportunity for IT advancements in the medical sector are also expected to skyrocket heading into 2015.

Because health care costs are continuing to rise and interoperability between electronic health record systems remains a pressing issue, operational efficiencies, such as medical billing software, are becoming in demand. Other data-driven strategies moving forward were recently highlighted in a recent on-demand Web conference by IDC Health Insights titled "IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Healthcare 2015 Predictions."

"These decision imperatives provide a road map for health care organizations to think about IT investments that will need to be made and the impact they will have on an organization, all of which can be used to support the planning and budgeting process," Scott Lundstrom, group vice president and general manager of IDC Health Insights, said in a statement. "Common themes emerging from the FutureScape include the focus on consumer experience and engagement, the use of mobile and internet enabled devices, and of course, the 3rd Platform technologies."

There were several key players in health IT present to give their thoughts on what they felt might be the driving aspects of health IT in the next year. Here were five of the major takeaways from the meeting:

1. Mobility is going to play a major factor. Many experts believe that the customer is going to be in the driver's seat more than ever when it comes to their health care. In fact, those participating in the conference believe that 65 percent of consumer transactions with health care will be mobile by 2018.

2. More than 50 percent of big data problems will be handled with routine IT measures. Experts believe this will reduce the need for specialized IT resources pertaining to big data.

3. Around 42 percent of all health care data created digitally will be unprotected by 2020. The source explained that since data and analytics are not slowing down anytime soon, safeguards for patient privacy will be a must moving forward.

4. Hospitals will be under increased pressure to improve quality of care. As a result, 15 percent of hospitals will create comprehensive profiles to better serve their patients.

5. By 2020, around 80 percent of health care data will pass through the cloud. This includes metrics pertaining to analytics, decision making, data collection and aggregation.