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MEA healthcare organisations enter digital transformation era; IDC

Healthcare experts see security and advanced analytic capabilities as top IT priorities

MEA healthcare organisations enter digital transformation era; IDC
IDC also highlighted that analytic technologies are gaining traction within the sector, and respondents perceived this most important in supporting a digital transformation, followed by mobile technologies.

International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed decision makers in the healthcare industry within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region have stated that ensuring high levels of security of data systems and guaranteeing business continuity are top IT priorities.

IDC's survey results, taken from a series of IDC CIO summits held across the MEA region during 2015 and 2016, revealed that managing IT governance and regulatory compliance, meeting the growing expectations of IT users and patients, obtaining budgets for IT investments, and finding the workforce for emerging technologies are the ongoing challenges for healthcare CIOs in the region.

Plus, for managing IT security, the key challenges include budget constraints and staff-related issues that range from a lack of qualified personnel to poor adherence to security policies by employees.

Nino Giguashvili, senior research analyst with IDC Health Insights, IDC CEMA, said: "Despite the methodological limitations of the study, especially with regard to the poor representativeness of the sample consisting of the attendees of IDC events, this survey provides some useful insights into the IT trends characteristic to MEA healthcare markets.

"Consistent with other research we perform in the Middle East region, mobility remains the fastest-emerging technology of the four pillars of the 3rd Platform. Private cloud and social media have made moderate progress over the last few years, while Big Data still lags behind, mainly due to uncertainties related to data validity and ROI."

IDC also highlighted that analytic technologies are gaining traction within the sector, and respondents perceived this most important in supporting a digital transformation, followed by mobile technologies. Furthermore, analytic solutions represent the top investment priority for the next two years, including business intelligence tools and applications that are based on mobile platforms.

However, it is mobility that takes lead, as over one third of respondents indicated that they have already introduced enterprise mobility, and another 55% plan to start using the technology within the next two years.

They survey respondents were executive-level representatives of healthcare organisations from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, and South Africa.

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