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MENA healthcare IT spend to hit $2.86bn

Gartner predicts small rise in IT spending in MENA region healthcare sector

MENA healthcare IT spend to hit $2.86bn
Gartner expects a small rise in IT healthcare spending this year.

Middle East and North Africa healthcare providers will spend $2.86 billion on IT this year, according to a new Gartner report, a rise of 0.8% from 2014 spending.

The analyst company predicts that telecom services, including fixed and mobile telecom services, will remain the largest overall spending category, with an expected market size of $1.2 billion in 2015.

Software spending in 2015 will increase 8.3% over last year to reach $410 million. Internal services will grow 6% to reach $502 million in 2015. Internal services refer to salaries and benefits paid to the information services staff of an organisation. The information services staff includes all company employees that plan, develop, implement and maintain information systems.

IT services spending is estimated to be $354 million in 2015. IT services spending will be led by growth in business process outsourcing (BPO), software support and consulting.

"Various countries across the regions are in different stages in their healthcare technology adoption curve. Saudi Arabia, which places a top priority on healthcare, has a long term plan for integrating information technology across existing infrastructure and new greenfield projects. UAE is expanding focus on achieving coordination across various healthcare stakeholders and in generating efficiency in delivering care, while keeping patient care at the centre," said Dr Anurag Gupta, research vice president at Gartner.

"Several new hospital and specialty care facilities are opening up across the region, and we expect continued technology investments in core care automation technologies, such as  electronic health records, digital radiology and also various other decision support technologies like analytics."

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