US based technology research company, Gartner says healthcare providers in the Middle East and Africa will spend US $2.8 billion on Infromation Technology (IT) products and services in 2014.
This represents an increase of 2.8 percent over 2013 revenues as contained in Gartner’s “Enterprise IT Spending for the Healthcare Providers Market, Worldwide, 2011-2017, 4Q13 Update” report.
According to Gartner, this forecast includes spending by healthcare providers (includes hospitals and hospital systems, as well as ambulatory service and physicians’ practices) on internal IT (including personnel), hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications. Fixed and mobile telecom services will remain the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period. It is expected to grow 2 percent in 2013 to reach US $1.3 billion in 2014.
“Software is will achieve a growth rate of 10 percent in 2013 to reach US $384 million in 2014. Internal services will grow 8.6 percent in 2013 to reach US $490 million in 2014. Internal services refer to salaries and benefits paid to the information services staff of an organization. The information services staff includes all company employees that plan, develop, implement and maintain information systems. IT services will grow 7.6 percent in 2014 to reach US $314 million, up from US $299 million in 2013, according to the technology research company.”