Australia, China, India, Singapore and South Korea Represent Close to 90% of Asia/ Pacific Healthcare IT Spending in 2013, Says IDC Health Insights

idcSingapore and Hong Kong – April 8, 2014 – IDC Health Insights expects healthcare IT spending in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region to show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% till 2018.

For the same period, the China healthcare sector emerges as the fastest growing IT spender in the region, with the highest CAGR of 11.7%.

More spending data is revealed in the IDC Health Insights report, “Asia/ Pacific (Excluding Japan) Healthcare IT Spending 2013-2018” (Doc # AP245894, April 2014), including details of specific IT spending patterns by technology areas and by country.

While the Asia/Pacific countries are very disparate when it comes to infrastructure and IT maturity, as well as healthcare systems, every country, whether developed or developing, is looking to create a sustainable healthcare system.

The region cannot afford to stop investing in healthcare with many countries still struggling with improving basic health outcomes. The region holds immense potential for the vendor community, also because of the high population base and the relatively nascent stage of IT adoption in developing countries.

“The spending pattern clearly demarcates the developing and the mature economies in the region. There emerge two clear groups of countries when it comes to IT maturity. Countries, where hardware spending comprises more than 50% of the total IT spending, are still focused on infrastructure. The mature economies are expected to spend less than 50% on hardware. Where the initial infrastructure investments have been made, the spending pattern shifts to software and services,” says Sash Mukherjee, Research Manager, IDC Health Insights, Asia/Pacific.

“Growth will be driven by infrastructural spending in developing countries and collaborative tools in the mature economies.”

The study is presented in a pivot table format, where information is organized to allow technology vendors to draw useful considerations on short and long-term opportunities in their market(s) of interest.

The government and provider community would find this study useful for benchmarking their IT spending and patterns against other countries in the region.

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