Industry at a Glance
The Middle East has been witnessing a boom in healthcare investments with public and private investment in the sector forecasted at more than USD 150 billion for 2016. According to a report by Gartner, healthcare providers in the Middle East and North Africa would have spent US $3 billion on IT products and services in 2014 alone, an increase of 1.3 percent over 2013. This includes spending by hospitals and hospital systems, as well as ambulatory service and physicians' practices on internal services, software, IT services, data center, devices & telecom services.
A major challenge facing Healthcare Informatics, as Healthcare strives to catch up with other industries as far as cost, quality and efficiency improvement is: how to reduce the discrepancy between what is deployed and what is really needed by the complex and stochastic healthcare services and providers. In other words, healthcare informatics cannot afford to treat healthcare providers as passive end users. The success of healthcare systems and technology and its future depends on how informatics professionals bring in the healthcare providers and integrate them into the development and deployment process.
The industry has witnessed in recent years that clinicians are becoming increasingly involved in the development and procurement of information technology in healthcare. Moreover, policy makers, payers and healthcare providers are working towards empowering users with information to manage their own care better and make decisions in partnership with healthcare providers.