Medical Imaging System and Healthcare IT Spending on the Rise


Electronic health recordsA 2009 Top Trends survey, released in September by Health Imaging & IT and sponsored by healthcare solutions provider McKesson, spells good news for hospitals and imaging centers. Survey results indicate that hospitals and imaging centers have successfully made it through the roughest patch of the latest economic crisis. That’s partly due to the ability of hospitals to serve a wider patient base, thanks to easy, online access to images and reports for physicians.

Even more good news: The survey projects that overall spending on medical imaging systems, IT infrastructure and clinical IT systems will increase in 2010. Overall, the top 5 business priorities going into 2010 are:

1. Decrease in reimbursement
2. Improving patient satisfaction
3. Improving productivity and workflow
4. Creating new revenue sources
5. Government regulation and compliance

The survey also breaks down findings by provider type:

Multi-hospital Organizations

  • 44% increased their spending on medical imaging systems in 2009 from 2008.
  • 39% expect to increase their IT infrastructure budgets in 2010, while 41% expect no change and 20% expect a decrease.
  • Multi-hospital organizations are spending on medical imaging systems to update or renovate existing facilities, improve their competitive advantage with new technology and accommodate an increase in study volume.

Academic Medical Centers

  • Academic medical centers saw in-house, temporary and outsourced staffing decreases in 2009 from 2008.
  • Their No.1 business priority moving forward is decreases in reimbursement.
  • 45% saw an increase in medical imaging system budgets in 2009, while 55% saw no change from 2008 to 2009.

Community Hospitals

  • The top business priority for community hospitals moving into 2010 is improving patient satisfaction.
  • The majority of medical imaging system spending in 2009 was dedicated to overall growth in IT systems and technology, improving competitive advantage with new technology, and updating or renovating existing facilities.
  • 50% expect to increase their IT infrastructure budgets moving into 2010, while only 9% expect to decrease budgets.

If your healthcare organization plans to join the ranks in 2010 and invest in a medical imaging system, discover more about Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) from McKesson.

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