Asia-Pac Governments Fueling HIT

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | April 23, 2013

Taking a cue from U.S. stimulus initiatives such as HITECH, Asia Pacific countries are seeing a big uptick in electronic health record adoption thanks to government investment, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

A combination of regulations and incentives is spurring adoption of EHR systems in Asia-Pacific countries as the region's healthcare industry moves towards digitization, according to Frost & Sullivan. Governments, non-profit entities and the private sector are aggressively investing in health IT projects at both regional and local levels in an effort to achieve seamless information exchange and recognize cost savings and improved clinical outcomes.

Frost & Sullivan's report, "EMR and EHR Market in APAC", finds that the market saw some $1.2 billion in revenue in 2012 – projected to nearly double to $2.2 billion by 2018.