Healthcare sector ‘relying on technology’

Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in the healthcare sector, with a greater proportion of executives now relying on it on a daily basis.

Research by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Ricoh, shows that 92.5% of healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical executives have become more reliant on technology over the last three years.

Some 70% of healthcare executives agree that it has enhanced the creativity of their employees when it comes to developing new healthcare services, medicines and products.

But despite increase reliability, challenges remain as to how technology is integrated to improve patient care, services and administration.

Carsten Bruhn, executive vice-president at Ricoh Europe, said it has never been more important to integrate and transform traditional processes.

He added that the digital economy is believed to be growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy – highlighting the need to incorporate technology successfully.