Various initiatives by governments of European countries are driving the adoption of IT systems in the healthcare sector. Increasing awareness about healthcare IT across the Middle East and other regions will fuel greater adoption. In Germany, the introduction of health smart cards for every citizen has had an impact on the use of electronic patient records. There are signs of an increase in the need of hospitals to manage patient-related information and administrative tasks associated with billing and coordination with health insurance sickness funds. Such initiatives are expected to have a positive effect on the use of Internet and healthcare IT in the German healthcare sector.
Today, HawkPartners, LLC and ICARE released results from their Global Patient Pulse. The study asked thousands of patients around the world about their perceptions of various healthcare providers and institutions, their most pressing healthcare needs, the quality of their country's healthcare system, and how they feel about its healthcare future.
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