On average, digital medical imaging and EMR/EHR technology will command 64 percent of providers’ expanding clinical technology budgets, according to a study by the Concord, Mass.-based Gantry Group, LLC.
In its report, “Provider Clinical Technology Expenditures 2007,” Gantry found that providers are making significant investments in clinical technology, with nearly half allocating 40 percent or more of their current technology budget to these solutions. The study concludes that by the end of 2008, over 80 percent of provider facilities will be invested in:
Digital medical imaging
RFID patient identification/drug distribution
Computerized physician order entry (CPOE)
Mobile applications (e.g. charge capture, rounding, prescriptions)
Patient care planning solutions
For all clinical applications, providers will increasingly and rapidly adopt on-premise vendor solutions over the next 12 months, the study found. In general, providers will move away from custom in-house solutions and hosted (ASP) vendor solutions, and drastically decrease their commitments to outsourcers.