NHS IT expenditure will rise, says study

A new report, “Market by Numbers” from EHI Intelligence reveals that health IT spending by NHS will increase by 4.2 percent in 2012-2013, and that spending will continue to grow, reaching  £829 million in 2015-2016.

EHealth Insider editor Jon Hoeksma and eHealth Media director of research Paul Smith presented the report at EHI Live 2012, which took place November 6-7.

“Among the encouraging signs to emerge from this survey is evidence that acute trust boards are starting to recognize the value of IT, the need to protect IT investments, and to place more value on the IT departments that make them,” said Hoeksma.

“At a time of austerity, when the public sector is looking to shed staff, and NHS trusts are talking about losing a significant proportion of their headcount, this report demonstrates that IT staff are being shielded from the worst of what is coming and that represents a considerable vote of confidence in healthcare IT by trusts and their boards."

The launch presentation also included a breakdown of spending by acute trusts on services, software, hardware and communications until 2016. Further insight was offered on market conditions influencing current and future spending on RIS/PACS, electronic patient records, and patient administration systems.

Data collected through EHI Intelligence’s interview program with NHS IT directors, the 100,000 data points on the EHI Intelligence NHS Trust Database and opinions from suppliers all contributed to the expenditure forecasts.