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Years ago, when I first started covering the health-care IT space, I learned some key lessons about the vertical. First, health care isn't quite recession-proof; "recession-resistant," as one solution provider I know describes it, is probably more accurate. Second, it's a uniquely challenging market: "regulatory hell," "glacially slow to change" and "no place for the weak" are all descriptors I've heard, and compared to some others, seem like compliments. And now? "HIPAA, meet HITECH?" The mind already boggles.
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It's here where the savvy solution providers, developers, vendors and integrators will help capture all those dollars the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus, among other sources, promises -- and become the go-to technologists for the health-care systems of tomorrow. Health-care spending is growing; one noted public sector IT house, Input, has state- and local-level spending on health IT in the U.S. expanding to $9.9 billion by 2015. Many of the federal government's health-care IT incentives went into effect this month -- Stage 1 of the incentive program ends Sept. 30, 2012 -- and with many health-care organizations not expecting to achieve "meaningful use" in their systems until 2012 and possibly longer, they're under the gun. The dollars and the opportunity are flowing now.
What specifically are solution providers saying about this opportunity? Everything Channel at its recent XChange Public Sector partnered with industry organization CompTIA to survey solution provider and IT integrator attendees on future investments, sales trends and attitudes, and the hurdles they see ahead. Some key findings:
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