US 'meaningful use' incentives to fuel clinical mobility spending, says IDC

Clinical mobility market to reach $5.4 billion by 2016

Incentive programs set up under U.S. "meaningful use" of electronic health record rules are expected to accelerate the use of mobile point of care products by U.S. health care organizations, predicts research firm IDC.

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, health care professionals and hospitals can receive Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they engage in "meaningful use" of electronic health record technology. They can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR incentive program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR incentive program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.

These incentive programs are fueling clinical mobility spending, which IDC forecasts will increase at a 12.7 percent compound annual growth rate, reaching $5.4 billion by 2016. Clinical mobility spending includes purchases of mobile devices, back-end data center infrastructure, IT services and software.

"The highly collaborative and mobile nature of clinical teams makes the strategic investment in clinical mobility solutions essential to meet the intense demands being placed on health care providers today. However, these mobile solutions extend beyond the device and mobile access to clinical application. Clinical mobility is placing new demands on the data center and IT organization," observed Lynne Dunbrack, program director of IDC Health Insights.

Macroeconomic factors influencing growth in clinical mobility spending include consumerization of IT, increased availability of electronic health care, computing infrastructure demand and data security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, according to IDC.

For more:
- see IDC's forecast
- check out the CMS website

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