The Slow Pace of Technology Adoption in Healthcare Explained

When it comes to implementing new technology, the healthcare industry lags behind every other industry sector. It is a well-known fact that the industry appears to resist change, even when those changes stand to significantly benefit patients.

In an age of Smartphones, tablets, and the Internet of Things, many people would be amazed to find out that archaic communication methods such as pagers and faxes not only still exist, but are extensively used throughout the healthcare industry.

In some cases, the new technology now being introduced by healthcare providers was first introduced in other industry sectors many years ago. There are very good reasons why the pace of change is so much slower in the healthcare industry rather than, say, the financial sector or manufacturing industry.

TigerText_Itamar-KandelItamar Kandel, Chief Strategy Officer of TigerConnect, is well aware of the slow pace of change. During his time working with healthcare organizations at VERITAS Software and more recently at TigerConnect, he discovered the reasons why adoption of new technology is slow, even when technology can clearly be demonstrated to be safe, secure, and can improve the way that healthcare services are provided.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.