Clinical Mobility Market Growing Strong

Data centres and IT organizations facing new demands owing to the uptrend in mobility, according to new report.

According to a new report by IDC Health Insights, the clinical mobility spending in United States is expected to rise from USD 2.9 billion in 2011 to USD 5.4 billion in 2016; an annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.

The report called “Business Strategy: U.S. Clinical Mobility 2011-2016 – Forecast and Analysis” contains a report on the nation’s spending forecasts for clinical mobility. The spending also included hardware (mobile devices and data centre infrastructures), various technological services and software & applications related to clinical mobility.

But the growth in clinical mobility must also stack in line with the demands of the overall Healthcare IT and need to respond to the healthcare reforms. Thankfully, implementation of meaningful use technologies such as EHRs, eRx, CPOE, HIE etc will augment the use of mobile devices and mobile point-of-care solutions to enhance clinical workflow and patient care.

Lynne A. Dunbrack, Program Director, IDC Health Insights, said in a press release, “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 healthcare 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 centre and IT organization.”

The report concludes that some of the greatest impacts on the market will be as mentioned below:

  • Consumeriziation of technology which is driving clinician adoption of mobile devices and mobile device proliferation
  • Increased availability of electronic health information and the resulting clinicians’ desire for mobile access to patient data at the point of care
  • Infrastructure demands of pervasive computing
  • Security to comply with increasing more stringent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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