Australia Will Set the Standard for Asia’s Health Data Compliance Laws, predicts IDC Health Insights

Singapore and Hong Kong, December 1, 2011 – The Asia/Pacific region has shown dynamic growth in healthcare IT spending in the last year. However, the laws regarding data security, privacy and access have not been updated in the region. In fact, there are no laws specific to health records in most countries in the region. As Australia's personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) project develops, citizen’s health records will be taken out of the traditional, controlled environments. As such, there will be a need for clearer compliance laws pertaining to healthcare records. More insights will be revealed in a forthcoming IDC Health Insights report, “Asia/Pacific Healthcare 2012 Top 10 Predictions”, which presents the major trends that will impact healthcare IT investments across Asia/Pacific in 2012.

"Australia has been leading the region in per capita healthcare IT spending. It has also made attempts to upgrade the compliance laws around health information. But, as the full potential of its nationwide ehealth initiatives unfolds, there will be a greater need to upgrade and fine-tune these laws. IDC Health Insights envisage that Australia will demonstrate to the region the significance of healthcare-specific compliance laws in the coming year", says Sash Mukherjee, Senior Market Analyst, IDC Health Insights Asia/Pacific.

The Asia/Pacific region is marked by its lack of homogeneity. However, the overall market for healthcare IT has been vibrant the last year, and hopes abound that the trend will continue. As the hype around nation-wide electronic health record (EHR) settles, countries in the region will evaluate their individual health digitization needs, and choose to address them in different and unique ways.

One theme that will be common to almost all countries in the region is healthcare mobility. Mobility will be utilized for improvements in patient safety, point-of-care access to patient information, as well as clinical decision support. Expenditure on mobility will also manifest itself through investments in telemedicine for remote care and mobile applications for personal health management.

“Clinicians, as well as IT administrators, are aligned in their demands for EHR/EMR implementations, data management tools, security solutions and integrated analytics," continues Mukherjee. “Technology vendors are encouraged to collaborate with the right vendor partners, as well as with the healthcare providers, in order to find creative and innovative solutions to the unique technological and business needs of the industry. Healthcare providers, on the other hand, will need to take into account their size, budget and resources before investing in IT projects."

Drawing from the latest research and internal brainstorming sessions amongst IDC's Health Insights regional and country analysts, the following are the top 10 Predictions for healthcare providers in 2012 for the Asia/Pacific region. These top 10 predictions represent major trends with either the most significant financial impact or long-term market impact across the Asia/Pacific region.

1. The overall market for healthcare IT will remain vibrant even amidst fears of economic downturn

2. Medical tourism will prompt IT investments in emerging markets

3. Australia will lead the region into setting clearer healthcare specific compliance laws

4. Despite hype, most Asia/Pacific countries will not attempt nation-wide healthcare records systems

5. Best-of-breed Customer Information Systems (CIS) solutions will see increased investments

6. Concerns of data security breach will drive "hybrid security" investments

7. National broadband policies will revive telemedicine initiatives

8. The 2.0 revolution will drive market for healthcare applications

9. Business and clinical intelligence will become actionable

10. Data management and storage will be the key impetus for cloud adoption in healthcare

For more information about this report, “Asia/Pacific Healthcare 2012 Top 10 Predictions” (forthcoming), please contact Sheryl Fuertez at +65-6829-7758 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +65-6829-7758 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or sfuertez To set up an interview with Sash Mukherjee, contact Lay Fang Tan at

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