Healthcare providers in the Middle East and Africa will spend $4,4-billion on IT products and services in 2013 – an increase of 3,8% over 2012 revenue of $4,3-billion.
According to Gartner, this forecast includes spending by healthcare providers (includes hospitals and hospital systems, as well as ambulatory service and physicians’ practices) on internal IT (including personnel), hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications.
Telecommunications, which includes telecommunications and networking equipment and services, will remain the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the healthcare providers sector.
It is expected to grow 4,7% in 2013 to reach $2,7-billion in 2013, up from $2,6-billion in 2012 – led by growth in mobile devices and enterprise communication equipment.
Internal services will achieve the highest growth rate amongst the spending categories – forecast to be 5,9% in 2013 to reach $576-million in 2013. Internal services refer to salaries and benefits paid to the information services staff of an organisation. The information services staff includes all company employees that plan, develop, implement and maintain information systems.
IT services will achieve the next highest growth rate amongst the spending categories – forecast to grow 4,3% in 2013 to reach $455-million in 2013, up from $436-million in 2012 led by growth in software support and IT management.
“Many countries within the Gulf Co-operation Council are encouraging transformation to services lead economy,” says Anurag Gupta, research director at Gartner.
“Development in the healthcare sector is a major priority to increase medical tourism, respond to life styles diseases, encourage disease prevention and position the Middle East at the leading edge of medical development. Growing private healthcare infrastructure, accreditations to internationally recognised agencies and government investments will drive higher adoption of technology.”