Wednesday, 11 May 2011 16:14

Hospital IT spending surge ahead

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A majority of hospital CIOs are planning to increase their IT spend this year, according to a new survey.


Research published by industry analyst firm Ovum says 55% of CIOs at Australian hospitals plan to increase IT spending in 2011, 22% of them expecting a significant boost. None of the respondents expect spending cuts this year.

External spending plans seem fairly evenly split, with an average 35% expected to go on hardware and 30% on software.

Ovum analyst Cornelia Wels-Maug said "The overall outlook for hospitals' IT expenditure is more optimistic for 2011 than for 2010. This year our survey confirms that, due to a heavy governmental push, electronic health records (EHRs) represent the dominant clinical application priority overall."

Digital imaging systems are the second investment priority in the clinical area, but expenditure is also expected for scheduling, billing, admissions, and reporting systems.

Hospital CIOs are investigating telehealth and mobile health applications as a way of leveraging consumer interest in tablets and smartphones.

Approximately 45 CIOs from Australian hospitals were interviewed in the survey.

 

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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