In the U.S., clinical mobility spending is expected to grow from $2.9 billion in 2011 to $5.4 billion in 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.7 percent, IDC said.
Growth in clinical mobility spending in the United States, while strong, is tempered by other demands on IT and the need to respond to health reform initiatives.
The deployment of meaningful use technologies, such as electronic health records (EHRs), electronic prescriptions (eRx), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and health information exchange (HIE), will accelerate the use of mobile point of care solutions to create more efficient clinical workflows.
“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,” said Lynne A. Dunbrack, program director, IDC Health Insights.
However, these mobile solutions extend beyond the device and mobile access to clinical application. Clinical mobility is placing new demands on the datacenter and IT organization.
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