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Analysis of End-User and Regional Perspectives on the China Healthcare IT Market : Rapid Urbanization Drives Adoption of Healthcare IT Systems

  • November 2014
  • 81 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2488493


Table of Contents

Key Findings

•China’s huge population, territorial differences, and disproportionate healthcare resource allocation have resulted in different regional healthcare developments.
•The development of the healthcare information system in China strongly correlates with its regional economic developments and number of hospitals.
•Rapid growth was observed in healthcare IT investments in the eastern provinces of China, with large Tier-3 hospitals investing in advanced CIS, clinical decision support systems, and health analytics.
•Interoperability issues, undeveloped basic infrastructure, and insufficient funding are the main factors inhibiting nationwide electronic health record (EHR) developments and population health management implementation.
•Public hospitals accounted for over % of China’s total health IT investments in 2013.
•Strong hardware investments were observed in economically undeveloped and developing regions of China.
•Hospital information systems (HIS) accounted for over xx% of the total healthcare information systems expenditure in 2013.
•Favorable government policies drive strong growth in electronic medical record (EMR) solutions and regional health integration systems.
•Strong demand for hardware systems and solutions was noted in economically undeveloped and developing regions in the western and central regions of China.
•Wealthier cities in the eastern region present strong growth opportunities for CIS, advanced software, and healthcare analytics solution providers.
•Development of Regional Health Information Networks (RHINs) has created opportunities for EHR and other clinical solutions.

Scope and Segmentation

•Healthcare information systems can be broadly divided into the following two segments:
oHospital Information Systems (HIS) and
oClinical Information Systems (CIS)
•Hospital Information Systems (HIS) include specialized information systems for revenue management, financial management, human resource management, customer relationship management, knowledge management, and supply chain management.
•Clinical Information Systems (CIS) include laboratory information systems (LIS), radiology information systems (RIS), picture archiving and communication systems (PACS); electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR), as well as specialized information management systems for aesthesia, blood bank, intensive care unit (ICU), and surgery.
•The scope of this study excludes hardware solutions as well as specialized IT services.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

What is the current market stage? How long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
Which are the key market participants? How are they structured to meet customer needs?
Is this an industry or a market? Will these companies/products/services continue to exist, or will other companies acquire them? Will the products/services become features in other markets?
How will the structure of the market change with time? Is the market ripe for acquisitions?
Are the products/services offered today meeting customer needs or is additional development needed?
Are the vendors in the space ready to go it alone, or do they need partnerships to take their businesses to the next level?

CEO’s Perspective

Healthcare IT offers new opportunities for integrating advanced analytics into clinical diagnoses, health screening, and research.
Understanding regional end users’ purchasing behavior, needs, and demand are crucial for long-term sustainability.
Leveraging health data and advanced analytics improves the quality, accuracy, and competitiveness of healthcare delivery.
New business opportunities and health service models are likely to emerge, along with growing health analytics adoption.
Healthcare megatrends of evidence-based medicine, personalized healthcare, and assisted diagnosis are driving the adoption of healthcare information systems.

3 Big Predictions

Rapid urbanization and migration from rural to urban regions will affect EMR, EHR data migration, and health card systems—increasing the need for data security, mobile health, and regional integrated information systems across China.
Population health management solutions will gain importance, to manage population health longitudinally and provide personalized, evidence-based disease management at reduced healthcare costs, in alignment with Chinese health reform objectives.
Regional healthcare information systems, health analytics, and population health management will transform China’s healthcare service and delivery models.

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