Disaster recovery top of healthcare industry’s IT priorities

New research suggests that healthcare providers will spend the majority of their IT budgets on back-up and recovery solutions

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Disaster recovery top of healthcare industry’s IT priorities The healthcare industry ranks data back-up, business continuity and disaster recovery as its top IT investment priority over the next 12 months. (Getty Images)
By  Andrew Seymour , ACN Staff Writer Published  June 12, 2010

Research into the spending priorities of the global healthcare industry has revealed that disaster recovery remains firmly at the top of the list.

The results show that 44% of healthcare organisations rank data back-up, business continuity and disaster recovery as their top IT investment priority over the next 12 months. Next on the list is picture archiving and communication systems, (38%) and digitising paper records (35%).

The results indicate healthcare leaders' expectations of a significant rise in data volume in the near future.

Forty-one percent of respondents are preparing for annual increases of up to 25%, and an additional 18% are expecting data volume to rise between 25% and 50% per year. In considering the leading drivers of this growth, digital imaging ranks highest followed by EHR documents and scanned documents such as insurance ID cards and healthcare proxy forms.

"We believe these results are reflective of the state of the industry today," said Tony Cotterill, CEO of BridgeHead Software, which carried out the research.

"Healthcare is making a rapid transition from paper-based to electronic documents, transforming how organizsations plan for and manage data. The survey underscores several areas that will require significant attention in the future - including the most effective methods to provide both access to and security of sensitive information," he added.

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