Healthcare in Middle East and Africa Deploying Mobile Technologies

Published Date : Aug 27, 2015

The health care market in the Middle East and Africa region has been witnessing the large scale adoption of mobile technologies. In addition, the short term outlook for the deployment of mobile technologies in this region is also seemingly strong, according to market analysts based in the United States. Recent data has indicated that enterprise mobility will take over more than 80 per cent of health care companies in the Middle East and Africa region by the year 2017.

Corporate smart devices have already been deployed by more than one third of health care companies in the region, according to sources, and another 50 per cent is in the planning stage, looking to adopt these devices by the next two years. Presently, the major priorities of IT executives in the health care domain include the adoption of mobile device management, mobilization of company applications, and devising policies that will allow and enhance enterprise mobility. 

The most important concern for heads of health care companies in the Middle East and Africa region is IT security. Surveys conducted on IT leaders have shown that issues associated with the staff and insider threats are two of the leading security challenges that health care companies in the region are facing. The gravity of these issues escalates with dearth of effective security strategies, insufficient fund allocation, and lack of skilled personnel specializing in IT security.

Nino Giguashvili, a research analyst in a US based company, says that the demand for mobile health care personnel will prove to be a leading factor boosting investments in mobile technology in the region. Enterprise mobility has gained much importance in the health care industry in recent years and mobile security is also likely to reach that level of significance when it comes to investments.