The UK has a strong market for healthcare technologies and services.
UK Healthcare IT
The UK has a strong market for healthcare
technologies and services. Spending on healthcare
IT in 2009 was around £2.8 billion and is expected
to grow as technology is deployed more widely
to reduce costs and improve services.
Source: Kable 2009
is to connect over 30,000 General Practitioners
Although Telehealth and Telemedicine are
to almost 300 hospitals in the UK, enabling
still in their infancy, the UK is the largest market patients to gain access to their personal health
in the EU and one of the largest globally, valued
information. The programme also incorporates
at over £140 million per annum. Telecare uses a secure national communications spine, digital
technology to manage chronic conditions such X-Ray archiving and messaging system.
as diabetes and heart disease. With over
17 million people in the UK likely to suffer one Private Healthcare
or more chronic conditions by 2051, this is rapidly The private sector is playing an increasing role
becoming an interesting market.
in healthcare delivery providing services both
directly to patients and, on contract, to the NHS.
Technology for Healthcare Services These healthcare specialists also need specifi c
Key growth areas include increased use of
IT related suppliers.
outsourcing and shared services, which has
seen a move away from in-house software Access to Talent and Technology
development towards turnkey applications Over 27% of UK jobs are ICT-related, one of
from specialist advisers; summary care records;
the highest in the world. A key challenge and
mobility enablers such as mPhones; and asset opportunity for the sector is exploiting the rapid
and contract management systems. The NHS evolution of technology. The UK, having three
outsources ICT contracts worth nearly £1 billion of Europe?s top fi ve Technology Universities and
per annum with many large long-term contracts many other world-class Research and Teaching
currently in place. There are around 30 shared Universities as well as an extensive industry
business services established in the UK, often ecosystem, is well positioned to respond to the
referred to as ?Health Informatics Services?.
talent and technology challenges. Examples
of world-class research strengths include:
Whilst there has been minimal progress on
information security; intelligence management;
green IT in the NHS this is expected to change network security; and search technology.
and will focus on ICT waste reduction and
energy use. Management of clinical processes, Technology Financing
particularly in the acute sector, are areas of The UK venture capital market is the largest in the
potential growth as is remote/mobile working EU, accounting for 40% of European fund-raising,
and web based applications. and second only to the US globally. The economic
impact of the private equity industry is substantial
Business Intelligence (BI) Software and is continually growing. Supported at one end
The NHS in England is making increasing use by networks of Angel fi nanciers and at the other
of BI software to plan services and monitor by Public Markets, raising fi nance to support
quality. It has enormous potential to help
robust business propositions is rarely an issue.
align the provision of services.
In addition, a large amount of Government
National Programme for IT (NPfIT) R&D spending is focused on ICT research and
Connecting for Health, the £multi-billion 10 year Knowledge Transfer Networks help to stimulate
programme, is now beginning to deliver savings collaborative R&D between academia and
and improved services. The aim of the programme
industry in UK and internationally.
? I was aware that there were
organisations in the UK with the
capabilities we were looking for.
Technology was the critical factor
in our partnership search.?
Head of General Manager ProtAb
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