Health Information Technology (Health IT) is a dynamic, multifaceted, and evolving sector that has the opportunity to dramatically influence delivery, efficiency, and cost for healthcare markets worldwide. Health IT can be best described as the use of a suite of products and services designed to improve and coordinate patient care, address growing health costs, and confront the long-term burden of disease through the use of technology. Countries at all levels of development and sophistication in the healthcare and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors can derive benefits from implementing Health IT in their market, and it is this widespread potential for implementation that makes Health IT an attractive opportunity for increased exports by a wide variety of U.S. companies.
This report is part of the Top Markets Series. Each report ranks future export opportunities within a particular industry based on a sector-specific methodology.
Matthew Hein served as the lead author of this report. Jennifer Yttri, a term-limited employee within ITA’s Office of Health and Information Technologies, served as co-author of this report. Special thanks to Frank Bontempo, a term-limited employee within the Office of Health and Information Technologies, whose thoughtful gathering of market intelligence and data facilitated the completion of the study; Linda Astor and Cary Ingram of the Office of Health and Information Technologies for insights on the IT sector; and Julian Richards, within the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, who compiled the dataset and calculated the initial top market ranks. In addition, insights were garnered from conversations with Ticia Gerber of HL7, Jennifer Covich of the eHealth Initiative, and Lungi Okoko of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Finally, important support was received from the more than two dozen U.S. Commercial Service offices overseas that completed an on-line survey about key features of the Health IT market in their respective countries.