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Vertical markets such as health care are buying core IT products such as PCs, servers, printers, phone systems and networking gear, along with tablet PCs and LCD TVs for their facilities, according to the September 2010 report "Second Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities" by IT trade association CompTIA.
CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) is a nonprofit organization made up of IT manufacturers, distributors, resellers and educational institutions.
Adoption of electronic medical records is a focus for the health care industry, according to the CompTIA report, with 34 percent of health care providers using a comprehensive EMR system. Meanwhile, 16 percent of health care providers reported using a partial EMR platform. In addition, 56 percent of respondents believe that their employees need more training in EMRs.
About half of health care businesses plan to increase IT spending over the next year, the CompTIA report said, with most occurring in group practices. In addition, one in three medical practices expect to increase IT purchases by more than 5 percent over the next 12 months.
For its report, CompTIA interviewed 370 U.S. IT firms, with approximately 40 percent serving the health care industry. It also spoke with 300 U.S. health care businesses, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants and office managers.
For more, read the eWeek article Tablets, LCD TVs, Core IT Products Lead Health Care Sector Purchases: CompTIA.
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