The healthcare industry in the US is inefficient and costly. The changes that need to be made are both at a national and regional level in terms of reform, as well as at an individual healthcare provider level. In particular, the expanded use of IT in this sector, which has historically underinvested in technology compared to other industries, holds much promise for productivity gains, operational efficiencies and improved patient care. However, increased reliance on IT systems and electronic communications can actually increase the security threats that organizations face, such as the increased likelihood of data leakage or malware infections that can disrupt the business.
This document outlines the challenges faced in the healthcare sector in the US today, including the latest reforms and regulations being put in place to modernize it and improve efficiencies. It describes how the use of technology will benefit players in the industry and discusses what factors executives should consider when looking to invest in technology solutions that will help them to reduce risk, improve operational efficiencies and achieve compliance goals, and will enable them to provide a higher quality of patient care. An accompanying white paper