Putting the tech in healthcare
ACN examines the latest developments within the global Healthcare information technology market
According to projections released by global market intelligence firm Gartner in the first half of last year, healthcare providers in the Middle East and North Africa were forecasted to spend $2.78bn by the close of 2016.
This included spending by healthcare providers on internal services, software, IT services, devices, telecom services and data centres.
Gartner expects telecom services will remain the largest spending category, reaching a market size of $1bn over 2016.
During the same forecasted period, IT services is projected to reach $371m, with both implementation and consulting serving as the two largest sub-segments in IT services with an estimated market size of $99m and $98m, respectively. The largest growth segment was projected to be with software spending, which was expected to expand 11.2% over 2015 and to reach $438m in 2016.
Additionally, Gartner projected that internal services would grow 4.3% to reach $519m during the same period. Internal services, which refers to salaries and benefits paid to information staff of organisations, also includes all company employees who are planning, implementing and maintaining information systems.
Rise of mobiles and wearables
According to a 2016 IDG Connect survey, which was commissioned by Zebra Technologies, 90% of hospitals in Europe use mobile devices to collect clinical patient data. Another half also use mobile devices to access patient data and biology prescriptions, while the same number utilise them for asset and facilities management.
Zebra Technologies, a US-based manufacturer and seller of marking, tracking and computer printing technologies, maintains an active presence within the global healthcare market, offering solutions around mobility, patient identification and visibility. This includes the company’s Zebra Identity Solution, which allows healthcare providers to oversee specimen collection and medication administration, as well as Zebra’s clinical mobility solutions, which helps to improve overall delivery of services by clinical staff.
“Estate wide tracking technologies will be the future of tracking assets across a hospital campus — enterprise asset intelligence. RFID and RTLS all offer solutions but hospitals must always consider wireless system needs and bandwidth,” explains Wayne Miller, director, EMEA Healthcare Practice at Zebra Technologies.
“Technology has the potential to bring care right to the hospital bedside and significantly improve patient outcomes, reducing medical errors, reducing the ‘walk time’ of clinicians and creating more time for care.”
Additional findings from the 2016 IDG survey showed that 90% of all surveyed hospitals plan to utilise barcoding for asset management and patient identification. Another four-fifths reported that they would be adopting RFID for asset management.