Pressures to reduce healthcare costs, rising interoperability requirements and demand for better healthcare delivery will continue to drive growth in enterprise healthcare IT.
A 2010 report indicated that the global Hospital Information Systems (HIS) market was valued at $7.8 billion in 2009 and is forecast to reach $18 billion in 2016 after growing at CAGR of 13% from 2009.
The electronic medical records (EMR) segment is the largest segment in the HIS market valued at $3.4b in 2009 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% over the next 7 years.
Governments worldwide are working to build integrated healthcare infrastructures based around the deployment of interoperable EMR systems. Making EMRs and EHRs (Electronic Health Record) — “digitally stored health care information about an individual’s lifetime with the purpose of supporting continuity of care, education, and research, and ensuring confidentiality at all times” — interoperable will contribute to more effective and efficient patient care by facilitating the retrieval and processing of clinical information about a patient from different sites.
In fact, Pasay City locally has successfully launched the first-ever city-wide health information system.
Enterprise Health Information Exchange (HIEs) market is also heating up from demands to streamline operations, improve the quality of patient care, and increase the efficiency of care delivery. Over $560M dollars of federal stimulus funding has been appropriated for creating statewide HIEs in the US.
mHealth or the mobile health market is also positioned to balloon, estimated to hit $1.7B market by 2014. In the same report, it was noted that while the mHealth market opportunity in healthcare enterprises is less than $100M, the rapid evolution in mobile devices coupled with physician demand and the healthcare enterprise’s need to improve quality and efficiencies will drive the market to the healthy $1.7 billion estimates in the next 4 years.
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