Modernization of the nation's healthcare IT infrastructure is a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the national healthcare system that was enacted into law in 2010. The PPACA does not include any specific measures to encourage the adoption of EHR beyond those already contained in the ARRA, but EHR is one of several clinical healthcare IT technologies that have the potential to increase the availability and quality of healthcare while contributing to lower costs.
In addition to the potential benefits in terms of the quality and cost of U.S. healthcare, this is obviously a significant opportunity for suppliers of healthcare IT and related technologies. U.S. healthcare providers presently spend approximately $40 billion per year on all types of IT technologies.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This report is an update of an earlier report published by BCC in 2009 whose goal is to provide an understanding of the U.S. market for selected clinical healthcare IT technologies in the context of the ongoing dramatic changes in the structure of the U.S. healthcare sector. Specific objectives include:
* Identifying the segments of the clinical healthcare IT with the greatest growth potential
* Analyzing key market drivers and constraints
* Estimating the size of each market segment through 2016
* Providing other information on relevant laws and regulations, standards, potential funding sources, and other information that will be useful to healthcare IT suppliers seeking a share of this market.
The report is intended especially for healthcare IT suppliers, as
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