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Top Health IT Buying Trends for 2017

By Matt Schuchardt, Director, Business Development and Innovation at HIMSS Analytics.

The HIMSS17 Exhibit Hall will be full of buyers. 94% percent of purchasing organizations provided detailed buying plans to HIMSS Analytics. Many are still adding to their tech stacks, with 56% planning to invest in a technology for the first time.

Here are the top four healthcare technology buying trends we uncovered:

Storage

Healthcare organizations are creating tons of data, and they need someplace to put it. 39% are planning storage investment. And they don’t just want to pack it away. It needs to be available across systems and locations, so those storage buyers are interested in cloud and image storage solutions. 14% of storage buyers are planning VNA, while 12% of storage buyers are planning cloud.

Pharmacy

With the cost of pharmaceuticals rising five times faster than the consumer price index, healthcare organizations are looking to control costs with technology. 56% are planning investment in pharmacy technologies. Nearly one-third of those buyers are investing in carousels or high-speed packagers, and more than one-third will invest in multiple pharmacy technologies.

Security

IT security should be top of mind for healthcare organizations. And organizations at HIMSS17 are interested in biometric security, with 78% planning IT security investments looking to biometrics. HIMSS Analytics’s upcoming webinar "A Look at Trends in Health IT Security Biometric Technology in 2016" will provide further insight on what's driving these investments.

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AutoID

Auto identification technology was one of HIMSS Analytics's top 27 hot health techs to watch in 2017. Healthcare organizations at HIMSS17 are interested, with 22% planning to invest in RFID for the first time.

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