Industry Benchmarking Report Reveals Investment Priorities of UK Healthcare Heads of IM&T

 Industry Benchmarking Report Reveals Investment Priorities of UK Healthcare
                                Heads of IM&T

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, October 26, 2012

LONDON, October 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The Healthcare IT Exchange Network releases results of its industry
benchmarking survey. The report's main findings include:

  *IT Strategy: 69.4% of respondents select IT strategic development as one
    of the top investment priorities for 2012/2013
  *Electronic Patient Records emerges as a top priority for 68.8% of heads of
  *Mobile Health Solution Technologies: a top priority for 65.6%
  *IT Infrastructure: 65.6% of senior healthcare IT professionals pinpoint
    this as a main focus for investment

The Healthcare IT Exchange Network recently surveyed heads of IM&T in health
and social care organisations from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales,
across a range of primary, secondary, community care and private healthcare

An increasing drive to move care closer to home, the aging population and a
rapidly emerging technology-savvy generation are just some of the challenges
faced by IM&T Directors and their organisations. The aim of the survey was to
uncover the key drivers behind the investments IM&T directors need to make to
meet the changing demands of patients on one hand and reduce costs while
maintaining high-quality services on the other.

There is a high demand for IT infrastructure solutions, with 65.5% of IM&T
directors selecting this as a top priority for investment. Electronic Patient
Records solutions are also high on the agenda with 68.8% selecting this as a
top priority. Other popular choices included IT delivery and IT team staffing.
The complimentary report is available to download here: .

Livia Trubenova , Head of Production, Healthcare IT  Exchange , commented:
"The results do not come as a surprise. As the IM&T function is critical for
improving patient care, healthcare organisations need to focus on upgrading
their infrastructure and the implementation of new technologies to be able to
provide high-quality care in the future. As a number of IM&T leaders point
out, EPR is central to improving patient care; it is one of the foundations
for electronic health records and a major step towards the realisation of the
UK Government's plan to integrate health, social and community care."

The Industry Report "Healthcare IT Priorities & Challenges 2012/13" can be
downloaded here: , and more information on the Healthcare
IT Exchange, taking place 2 ^nd - 4 ^th December 2012 in Manchester, can be
found here: .

About the Healthcare IT Exchange

The Healthcare IT Exchange hosts a series of invitation-only forums designed
to help senior executives responsible for the IM&T strategy within their NHS
or private healthcare organisation overcome their most pressing challenges.
Exchange only invites executives with the highest credentials, and solution
providers with the most cutting-edge capabilities, to deliver a unique
business development opportunity and true peer-to-peer learning and networking
forum. Healthcare IT Exchange solution providers include: BridgeHead Software,
Cloud 2, Hyland Software, Insource, Orion Health, Perceptive Software,
QlikTech UK Ltd, RUCKUS, Vocera Communications, Websense, Inc. and Xirrus.

Media contact: Beata Majcher, Marketing Manager, Healthcare IT Exchange: , call +44(0)207-368-9404 or visit
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