Global Industry Trending - Health IT

According to the World Bank, the global Health IT industry is expected to grow to $250 billion dollars by 2015. This presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. businesses to compete in the Health IT sector. We are committed to helping you identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and successfully enter new markets. We look forward to working with you!

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Medical Trade Mission to Turkey 2014 - May 2014
The Medical Technologies Trade Mission is organized by The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, and the U.S. Foreign & Commercial Service (USFCS). USFCS assists U.S. companies establish and expand their business in overseas markets by helping them identify agents, distributors and end-users in these foreign markets. Market report

U.S. Department of Commerce US Pavilion at eHealth Forum 2014, Athens - May 2014

The Department of Commerce’s U.S. Pavilion at the eHealth Forum 2014 will promote US companies to a Pan-European audience. Organized in Athens, during the Greek Presidency of the European Union, eHealth Forum 2014 is the premier health IT event for the exchange of experiences, good practices and innovation between the U.S. and the member states of the European Union.

Global Markets for Wireless Medical Devices Webinar –June 5 2014
The global market for wireless medical devices has never been hotter. A 2013 report, from research conducted by Research and Markets ( projects the market will expand more than 20 percent within a five-year period. Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina, for a webinar designed to help U.S. medical device companies understand the regulations required for entering foreign markets (EU, Japan, Canada, Israel, and Korea).

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Health IT in Denmark

The Danish healthcare system is among the best in the world in its use and adaptation of IT and it is renowned for its electronic patient record system (CPR), which gives individuals a personal identification number and stores personal information. The adoption of basic IT management systems is widespread

across the entire sector. 100 percent of GPs and psychologists, 98 percent of specialists and physical therapists, 85 percent of chiropractors and podiatrists and 50 percent of dentists all use electronic health records. Nearly 100 percent of pharmacies and hospitals complete their referrals, discharge summaries, clinical data exchanges and scripts online.

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eHealth in the EU: What's the Diagnosis?

According to two surveys released by the European Commission on eHealth deployment in the EU in acute care hospitals (those intended for short-term medical or surgical treatment and care) and among General Practitioners (GPs) in Europe, the use of eHealth is starting to take off, with 60% of GPs using eHealth tools in 2013, up 50% since 2007. But much more needs to be done.

The main findings of the surveys include:

  • Top performing countries for #eHealth uptake in hospitals are Denmark (66%), Estonia (63%), Sweden and Finland (both 62%). Full country profiles are available here.
  • eHealth services are still mostly used for traditional recording and reporting rather than for clinical purposes, such as holding consultations online (only 10% of GPs hold online consultations)
  • When it comes to digitising patient health records, the Netherlands take the gold with 83.2% digitisation; with silver medal for Denmark (80.6%) and the UK taking home bronze (80.5%);
  • However, only 9% of hospitals in Europe allow patients to access online their own medical records, and most of those only give partial access;
  • When adopting e-health, hospitals and GPs experience many barriers ranging from lack of interoperability to lack of regulatory framework and resources.

Benchmarking deployment of e-Health services in Hospitals (2012–2013)

Benchmarking Deployment of eHealth among General Practitioners (2013)

eHealth in the Digital Agenda

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing

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The Healthcare Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. health industry, expanding its market access, and increasing exports. It accomplishes this through a variety of resources and services for U.S. companies such as Webinars, Gold Key and Platinum Key Services. The team, comprised of trade specialists from throughout the U.S. and from U.S. Embassies around the world, provides market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, regulations and customs navigation.
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