Various experts estimate that Canadian healthcare organizations spend something on the order of 2% to 2.5% of their operating budgets on IT. I have heard many of these same experts suggest that we should spend on the order of 4% to 5% of operating budgets on IT. Indeed, I have made such statements 🙂
In conducting research for a client I came across some data on IT spending, plans, and priorities for the global airline industry. Interestingly, for 2009, planned IT spending is 1.7% of revenue for operational IT and 1.1% for capital IT investments. This level of spending is down from 2.2% in the previous year.
I believe that there are lessons that we can learn from other industries in terms of IT use and spending. Maybe a review of IT spending across industries can shed some light on what is needed today in the health sector and offer a glimpse of what we can expect to spend in the future.