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Business Strategy: What Will European Healthcare Provider IT Investments Look Like? An IDC Health Insights Survey

Business Strategy: What Will European Healthcare Provider IT Investments Look Like? An IDC Health Insights Survey

This IDC Health Insights study analyzes the key findings of our annual survey involving 210 healthcare providers' IT and non-IT executives in France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavian countries, Spain, and the U.K. This study describes European healthcare providers' investment trends in enterprise solutions and healthcare-specific solutions. The analysis of the survey results shows that healthcare providers are increasingly aware of the general changes brought by integrated care, but the survey results also show that they are less ready to focus on specific, practical initiatives that will accelerate the alignment of IT projects to business use cases. Survey results show that as healthcare processes become more and more dependent on collaboration, European healthcare executives must prioritize the provision of consistent and reliable collaboration platforms to their organizations, with top investment areas including EHRs as well as general collaboration solutions such as unified communications. However, collaboration and information-sharing platforms alone will not deliver the expected improvements — a fit-for-purpose information management strategy is not in place, as shown by survey results that seem to suggest low investments in technologies supporting information management and analysis.

"Healthcare provider CIOs need to architect wider patient information sharing and use, supporting a patient-centric care delivery model based on patient data integration, collaboration, broader and different uses, and analysis," said Silvia Piai, senior research manager, IDC Health Insights. "Healthcare providers need to focus more on how both enterprise business solutions and healthcare-specific solutions will integrate with agile analytics-driven, mobile-first, and in the longer term cloud-first environments that are the basic conditions to enable the healthcare digital transformation."

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IDC Health Insights Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
The Difficult Balancing Act of Delivering Sustainable Healthcare
European Healthcare Systems are Looking for Services Integration, Supported by New Care Funding Models and New Care Quality Assessments
Aligning IT and Business Priorities to Enable the Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation Diversifies the Role of Health IT Decision Makers and Influencers
The Approach
The IDC Health Insights Approach to Technology Investment Patterns Analysis
Future Outlook
Providing a Backbone for Collaboration and Better Health Information Management
Supporting Leaner Administration Processes Through Efficient Resources and Patient Relationship Management
Healthcare-Specific Technology Investments Dominated by EHRs, ePrescribing, and Order Management and Digital Imaging Solutions
Investment Plans on EMR, EHR, and CPOE: Investing in Reference Solutions for Patient Information Management and Sharing
Investment Plans in Digital Imaging Solutions and Departmental Systems: Taking Advantage of Unstructured Patient Information
Investment Plans in Point-of-Care Technologies: Leveraging the Advances of the IoT Era
Investment Plans in Technologies Supporting Patient Administration and Communication with Patients
Essential Guidance
Actions to Consider
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Synopsis
Figure: Healthcare Expenditure per Capita in OECD Countries, 2000-2011
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Key Business Initiatives
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider IT Budget Decision Makers
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Enterprise Business Solutions Investment Plans
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Investment Plans in Cloud-Based Enterprise Solutions
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Industry-Specific Solutions Investment-Adoption Comparison
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Industry-Specific Technologies: Investments in New Solutions
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector EMR, EHR, and ePrescribing/CPOE Investment Plans
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector EMR, EHR, and ePrescribing/CPOE Planned Investment Delivery Models
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector Digital Imaging and Departmental Systems Investments Plans
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector Digital Imaging and Departmental Systems Planned Investment Delivery Models
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector Point-of-Care Technologies Investments Plans
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector Point-of-Care Technologies Planned Investment Delivery Models
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector Technologies Supporting Patient Administration Processes and Communication with Patients Investment Plans
Figure: Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector Technologies Supporting Patient Administration Processes and Communication with Patients Planned Investment Delivery Models

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