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Medical IT spend in MENA hits $3bn

Medical IT spend reaches $3 billion in MENA copy


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GCC doctors will be able to review patient medical records in 3 seconds or less, if healthcare providers adopt the latest technology in the next three years.
In the face of rising healthcare costs, GCC national transformation plans such as UAE Vision 2021 and Saudi Vision 2030 call for investment in the latest medical technology solutions such as digital patient records, mobile apps, and Big Data analytics. Gartner predicts Middle East and North Africa medical IT spend has reached a record high of USD 3 billion. In general, GCC healthcare spending is set to nearly double from USD 40 billion in 2015 to USD 71 billion in 2020, according to Alpen Capital.
“GCC healthcare providers are facing a data explosion, often generating millions of medical images per week across patient records, doctor’s notes, and lab results,” said Nick Scholes, a keynote speaker at Arab Health conference ahead of his presentation on the topic of “Extracting Clinical Value from the Healthcare Data Lake”.
“The next three years are vital for GCC healthcare providers to adopt Internet of Things solutions to optimize data. Using an Internet of Things platform, clinicians can use a tablet to view patient data within three seconds, delivering better patient care at lower costs,” added Nick Scholes, Data Analytics Consultant – Europe, Middle East, and Africa at digital healthcare enabler Hitachi Data Systems.
In his presentation, Nick Scholes also details how Hitachi Data Systems is leveraging global best practices in scalable healthcare data management solutions, as well as harnessing Hitachi Group’s Social Innovation strategy Specifically Pentaho’s Data Integration and Analytics capabilities provides the platform to consolidate, analyze and visualize healthcare-related data to provide clinical and patient treatment improvements.

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