Inventory Management And Remote Care Drive Mobile Adoption In Indian Healthcare, Says IDC Health Insights


25 Jun 2014

The healthcare ecosystem in India is witnessing a sea change in terms of government focus, growth of corporate healthcare provider brands, and strategic public-private partnerships with the key aim to increase geographic and demographic reach. According to IDC Health Insights, the ICT spending in the Indian healthcare industry in 2013 is estimated to be US$ 413.4 million, a growth of 12.3% over the previous year's estimates. 

More details are revealed in the IDC Health Insights report, "Emerging Technology Trends in India Healthcare" (Doc # AP245694, June, 2014), which reveals the evolving business needs, innovative business models and revolutionary technology solutions in the country's healthcare system.

Mobility will be the key technology in the Indian healthcare industry, with a high adoption rate of smartphones and tablets. In a recent survey, nearly 29% of the respondents from healthcare provider organizations indicated that they have some level of mobility in place, and another nearly 28% have plans to adopt mobile technologies in the next 18 months. Of the 7.6% that currently have a mobility solution in place, inventory management and remote care are the top solutions within healthcare organizations.

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"While healthcare IT is at a relatively nascent stage of adoption in India, especially compared to the potential, there have been several instances of innovative implementations and best practices in India. The growth of the private corporate entities in healthcare has fared well for IT implementation in the industry," says Sash Mukherjee, Research Manager, IDC Health Insights, Asia/Pacific.

"We will also see the rise of other key stakeholders in the industry including the payer community and the life science organizations, when it comes to accountability and care coordination across the care continuum."

"Technology vendors should partner with healthcare providers and evaluate the key stakeholders  especially when it comes to third platform technologies. Given the increase in line of business participation, emerging technology vendors need to be aware of the procurement as well as partnership patterns within Indian healthcare provider organizations," adds Mukherjee. 



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