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China increases health IT spend

Anuradha Shukla | Dec. 20, 2013
Increases by 20.9% in 2013 as compared to spend in 2012, according to IDC.

China's healthcare industry will spend US$ 3.39 billion on health IT in 2013, according to a newly released report by IDC.

The IT spend increased by 20.9% of that in 2012 as the Chinese government declared new major initiatives about healthcare reform, including allowing multi-sited license of a physician.

The research firm predicts in 2013 the market sizes of the IT spending in the RHIS (Regional Healthcare Information System) and the PHIS (Public Healthcare Information System) will be US$ 0.6 billion.

Initiatives about healthcare reform also include allowing direct investment of social funds in relevant areas and allowing reform and recombination of public hospitals in different manners.

These reform initiatives are expected to drive structural changes of healthcare industry and facilitate development of both privately-operated hospitals and foreign capital hospitals.

Multi-sited license

While multi-sited license of a physician was forbidden by the Chinese government in the past few decades relaxing of rules will allow medical experts to work in multiple medical institutions.

Patients may choose to visit different medical institutions at different treatment phases instead of insisting on being attended by health practitioners in large-scale 3A hospitals.

As patients can be effectively divided, it will lead to effectively utilization of the resources in medium and small-sized hospitals.

Allowing multi-sited license of physicians will also lead to the adjustment of income structure of medical staff and help in the development of the RHIS, hospital groups as well as hospital group informatization.

IDC predicts that the RHIS market will further accelerate in the coming years leading to an increase in opportunities in areas such as cloud computing, mobile medical treatment and big data. 



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