Health Industry Insights, a market research and consulting firm and a unit of IDC, recently made the following predictions for the year ahead in health IT in the US:
- Healthcare IT spending will grow slowly this year despite the economic downturn
- The Obama administration will compel health care cost control and quality improvement.
- Consumers will make greater use of the Internet to access health information.
- New products will lead to growth in remote patient monitoring.
- Payers will continue to invest in information technology to improve efficiency.
- Investment in business intelligence software will grow rapidly through 2011 with a focus on improving outcomes.
- Pilot projects of the medical home concept will emerge, but the concept will not be widely adopted this year.
- I.T. outsourcing will continue to grow.
- Pharmaceutical companies will do a massive re-evaluation of their software to cut costs.
- Those participating in clinical trials of drugs will use best-of-breed e-clinical applications.
Which of these predictions will also hold true in Canada? Are there any predictions that are unique to Canada?