Magazine Article | March 19, 2014

Healthcare IT Driven By The Patient

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By Mike Monocello, editor-in-chief, Business Solutions magazine
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Demands for patient privacy and safety are sparking many of the IT purchases in the healthcare market.

Few, if any, markets have the IT spending potential that we see in the healthcare vertical. Indeed, many analysts believe that healthcare IT spend will reach $34.5 billion in North America this year. That’s quite a big pie! But how can you maximize your cut?

First, HIPAA and Protected Health Information (PHI) are driving many IT decisions, creating many opportunities in a variety of areas. For example, consider putting in an electronic health records (EHR) system and policies that ensure patient information is secure. How do you handle backing up that data, either on-site or off?

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