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ICT Applications to Gain Wider Adoption in Russian E-health Sector, Says Frost & Sullivan

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ICT Applications to Gain Wider Adoption in Russian E-health Sector, Says Frost & Sullivan PR Newswire LONDON, Sept. 20, 2012 - Policy developments and ongoing projects show greater involvement of ICT solutions in healthcare, with telemedicine already gaining momentum LONDON, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In Russia, information and communication technology (ICT) is seen as an important component in the development of the healthcare sector and is given high priority in terms of investment. The Russian government has launched the comprehensive Healthcare Development Concept 2020 to deliver multiple benefits for patients and healthcare personnel. The level of IT deployment in the Russian healthcare sector is currently relatively low. The Russian Ministry of Health notes, that in 2009 only 20.0 per cent of Russian hospitals possessed modern IT systems aimed at increasing operational efficiency. In the same year, each hospital was equipped with 37 computers on average, approximately one device for every five staff members. "In the last few years, however, IT spending has recovered quickly and is likely to remain positive for the future," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Malgorzata Filar. According to a Frost & Sullivan analysis, expenditure related to information technology (IT) in healthcare totalled $310.0 million in 2010, and this is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1 per cent to reach $882.0 million in 2017.

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ICT Applications to Gain Wider Adoption in Russian E-health Sector, Says Frost & Sullivan
PR Newswire LONDON, Sept. 20, 2012
- Policy developments and ongoing projects show greater involvement of ICT solutions in healthcare, with telemedicine already gaining momentum LONDON,Sept. 20, 2012/PRNewswire/ -- InRussia, information and communication technology (ICT) is seen as an important component in the development of the healthcare sector and is given high priority in terms of investment. The Russian government has launched the comprehensive Healthcare Development Concept 2020 to deliver multiple benefits for patients and healthcare personnel. The level of IT deployment in the Russian healthcare sector is currently relatively low. The Russian Ministry of Health notes, that in 2009 only 20.0 per cent of Russian hospitals possessed modern IT systems aimed at increasing operational efficiency. In the same year, each hospital was equipped with 37 computers on average, approximately one device for every five staff members. "In the last few years, however, IT spending has recovered quickly and is likely to remain positive for the future," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Malgorzata Filar. According to a Frost & Sullivan analysis, expenditure related to information technology (IT) in healthcare totalled$310.0 millionin 2010, and this is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1 per cent to reach$882.0 millionin 2017. The most important policy drivers for ICT investment in the Russian healthcare market is not only the Healthcare Development Concept 2020 but also several major initiatives which are currently being implemented at national and regional levels. Strong support comes as well in form of the lobbying and promotional activities of the Russian Association of Healthcare IT vendors (ARMIT), a group of 284 developers operating in the healthcare sector. Absence of legislation regulating electronic medical records is one of the main obstacles to the progress of deployment of ICT solutions in Russian healthcare. "This creates a situation where medical organizations, encouraged by the government to implement modern IT systems, do not find the support in the existing legislation," explains Ms Filar. Currently, more than 300 medical information systems (MIS) are in operation in Russia. Information-exchange standards are not fixed; therefore, implementation of MIS is not carried out systematically and different applications are not compatible with each other. The lack of interoperability makes it impossible to reap the full benefits of existing systems. However, what is gaining momentum in the e-healthcare sector inRussiais telemedicine, as most of the medical services are only available in larger cities and travelling distances to reach them from rural areas are significant. Telemedicine has become more popular thanks to the rapid development of broadband connections and the emphasis on cost effectiveness. This way of remote healthcare inRussiais oriented toward basic video consultations and remote dianostics.