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GCC Healthcare IT spending expected to exceed $550 million in 2015

Due to growing demand for e-health and mobile health tools that would drive efficiency and reduce costs

Experts in the IT sector called for healthcare providers to prepare for the effects of the next wave of healthcare technologies in improving patient care and reducing costs.

The call comes in light of expectations that suggest IT spending in the GCC healthcare sector will exceed the barrier of $550 million in 2015.

Spending on IT in the GCC healthcare sector is set to grow by 24 per cent, from $444m in 2011 to $551m in 2015, in light of the growing demand for features such as e-health and mobile health tools that would drive efficiency, reduce costs and meet increasing demands from patients, according to a recent report from Alpen Capital.

The demand of patients for Internet and mobile applications designed to focus on healthy lifestyles in order to raise the level of wellness and well-being is growing in the face of a massive global shift in the healthcare sector from reactive to predictive and proactive.

“The GCC’s increasingly tech-savvy patients are putting pressure on the regional healthcare industry to adopt the latest health information technology innovations – a trend that has the potential to significantly reduce the financial strain on both patients and governments,” says Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice-President, Exhibitions & Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

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