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Using IT to boost healthcare

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According to IDC Health Insights, ensuring compliance, high quality of care, and greater collaboration with patients and other organizations are the business imperatives for European healthcare.
It is along these business priorities that IDC Health Insights has unveiled a new report, Business Strategy: A European View on the Worldwide Healthcare 2015 Predictions. The new report highlights the key IT trends that will impact Western European healthcare organizations in the next 12-18 months and presents a European view on IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Healthcare 2016 Predictions, contextualising the predictions discussed in the global study to the European environment. It also provides healthcare executives with practical advice on where to focus their IT investments and how to manage the procurement, implementation, and operation of these technologies to digitally transform their enterprises.
IDC Health Insights asked the executives of European healthcare providers to identify the key business initiatives leading their organisations’ agendas in 2016 and beyond. Analyzing the top business initiatives, IDC identifies three priority areas to enable both the overall convergence across the value chain and digital transformation:
* Compliance – Driven by the need to secure information in shared care settings and technology environments (for example, cloud and mobile), ensuring patient information security and privacy remains a key business initiative for healthcare providers.
* Quality of care – Improving patient experience and satisfaction emerged as the second most important business initiative for executives, ranking higher than the improvement of clinical performance.
* Collaboration – A comprehensive information management strategy is a key enabling factor to succeed in adopting integrated care models.
According to Silvia Piai, senior research manager of IDC Health Insights: “A 360-degree view of the patient is a key enabling factor for digital transformation in European healthcare, and 3rd Platform technologies are in turn making it finally possible, driving data accessibility and standardization, as well as, increasing organisations’ reach and capabilities.
“It is important for healthcare executives to recognize that digital transformation is beyond technology — it impacts data, people, processes, and strategies. This report provides not only a view of the healthcare trends and their implications but also a comprehensive approach for healthcare providers’ IT and non-IT executives embarking on the digital transformation journey.”