The overall research objective is to measure the current use and future decision making behavior toward information technology (IT) in the healthcare industry around the globe, specifically: Enterprise Mobility Management, eCommerce/mCommerce, Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC), Infrastructure and Data Centers, Big Data and Analytics, Omnichannel Marketing, Customer Experience Management, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Enterprise Content and Business Processes Management, Fintech, and API/CPaaS (Application Programming Interface/Communications Platforms as a Service) Strategy.

Healthcare’s top IT challenge is different from other industries – 34% of respondents find that systems integration and managing multi-vendor solutions is the biggest concern. Dealing with security concerns in second place (26%), followed by ensuring network stability/reliability (26%). Most other industries claim security is their biggest challenge.

Technologies that have the most impact on revenue growth in healthcare are cyber security, big data and analytics, and data centers. Respondents who have invested in IoT find that its top benefits include the ability to boost customer service/marketing, improve employee safety, collect customer usage data, and optimize field or on-site operations.

When asked the question “how critical are the following investments for your organization's digital transformation success over the next 5 years,” data analytics and communications/collaboration tools integration with other business software (Microsoft Office, Google G-suite, CRM, ERP, vertical apps) came out ahead.

With healthcare in a period of changing regulations, new and innovative procedures, drugs, and devices, and political uncertainty, and effective digital transformation will be crucial across the industry.