Hospital IT buying just got easier

Trends and growth forecast for healthcare IT market in India is quite encouraging. To get a glimpse of the opportunity – the market potential is estimated to be US$ 300 million by 2012. Understandably, it sounds like a melody for the IT sector � more so, when healthcare institutions are gearing up for high-end service delivery through process modernisation, automation and technology investments.

Although, IT solutions available for the healthcare sector are in plenty � confusions and controversies regarding technical suitability, usability, cost effectiveness and similar such factors are galore. IT decision-makers and technology managers of hospitals spend many a sleepless nights, battling and balancing vital parameters in finding the right solution and the righteous vendor. To save the midnight oil for hospital CIOs, eHealth commissioned a survey of HIS solution vendors to bring together some of the vital information that will ease their nerves and cut-down on time and resource spent for their selection process.

In this first ever survey, we have been able to gather information from 14 vendors across a uniform set of parameters, covering � product features, product components, existing clients/installations and price range. Although this may not be exhaustive, we are hopeful to cover and discover many more of them next time around. Do let us know if we missed some of you, or otherwise, if you missed us. Catch up with all the info in our cover story.

In the ‘Expert Corner,’ business head of e-Health in Sobha Renaissance IT, Dr. N.K. Singh, provides an overview of innovations in ICT adoption for health system � in view of their Digital Integrated Health Exchange concept.

In our new section ‘Telemedicine’, we have covered Space Telemedicine – a company specialising in areas of client-server, component bases models, web enabled applications and object oriented technologies, which is most effective in reaching the undeserved masses of India.

Get some mind-share of Manish Gupta, CIO, Fortis Healthcare, who talked about his vision for a centralised, fully integrated healthcare system to be implemented in the Fortis network hospitals.

The ‘Power Hospital’ sets the spotlight this time is on Escorts Hospital & Research Centre – ranked as the best cardiac hospital in India.

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Australia), was finding it difficult to manage the large amounts of data piling up as part of their research – our ‘Case Study’ shows how a global alliance of three IT giants, namely � Microsoft, Dell and Intel have brought together resources and expertise to bring out a powerful collaborative computing platform for medical research.

In ‘Technology Trends’ we profiled ultrasound technology – presenting an overview of how it is revolutionising medical imaging. Also catch up with a low down on HIPAA in our ‘Zoom In’ section and a profiling of innovative hardware and software solutions under ‘Product Profile’.

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