IDC: Hospitals undertaking digital transformation to skyrocket in 2017

While only 10 percent of healthcare providers and payers are currently working to digitize themselves, the analyst house estimates a big surge in the months ahead. 
By Jack McCarthy
10:11 AM

Healthcare is poised to leap forward in terms of technological change. A new survey by consultancy IDC, in fact, projected that while only 10 percent of providers and payers are currently actively executing digital transformation initiatives that number will reach 42 percent among providers in the next year.

What’s more, 58 percent of payers will be undergoing digital transformation in the same time, according to the survey by IDC Health Insights research director Jeff Rivkin.

The report, “Payer and Provider Investment Plans for Digital,” asserts that pilot programs gestating across systems for both providers and payers are ready to be put into action.   

Most of those existing digital transformation initiatives are in pilot or research phase, IDC noted, with digital transformation making up 30 percent of their new initiatives.

Payers, for their part, are now investing more in digital technologies to transform the consumer experience and the operating model, especially in cloud, Big Data, analytics, and security, the survey found.

Not surprisingly, IT departments are ahead of business groups in considering digital transformation.

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