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According to the World Bank, the global Health IT industry is expected to grow to $250 billion dollars by 2015. This presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. businesses to compete in the Health IT sector. We are committed to helping you identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and successfully enter new markets. We look forward to working with you!

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Brazilian Market for Healthcare IT Webinar – July 22, 2014

Did you know that Brazil spends 9% of its GDP on healthcare?  Join the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service Brazil for a webinar to learn about the Brazilian emerging health IT market, policies and regulations, and exciting opportunities for your business.  Learn how to showcase your company’s technology to senior-level public and private health care officials and potential partners.  Find out how to access and network with Brazil’s health IT policy makers, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.  You'll hear from subject matter experts from Deloitte, health officials, and an Executive of one of the major Brazilian hospitals. 

Brazil Health IT Business Development and Technology Mission – September 15-18, 2014

The delegates on this mission will meet with the top health officials in the country and executives from leading hospitals.  There are two ways to take part in this mission, companies can become sponsors or individuals can register to be part of the delegation.  Draft program: 

Health 2.0 Conference - September 21-24, 2014, Santa Clara, CA

Health 2.0 has introduced over 500 technology companies to the world stage, hosted more than 15,000 attendees at conferences and code-a-thons, awarded over $6,755,410 in prizes through the developer challenge program, and inspired the formation of 70 new chapters in cities around the globe. The best and brightest speakers, newest product demos, and top networking opportunities are being brought together for the most unique event in health care technology.

U.S. Commercial Service Market Briefings at Health 2.0: The U.S. Commercial service is offering market briefing sessions with overseas specialists. These services are complementary for U.S. exporters. Hear about healthcare tech markets in:

  • Bulgaria • France • Argentina • China • Australia • Denmark • Dubai • Brussels

Because of the Commercial Service’s partnership with Health 2.0, we are able to offer our clients a discount. Contact for more information.

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US Embassy Healthcare Reports:

US Commercial Service Health IT Country Reports

Healthcare Overview Country Reports (Market Research Library)

Health IT in Denmark
The Danish healthcare system is among the best in the world in its use and adaptation of IT and it is renowned for its electronic patient record system (CPR), which gives individuals a personal identification number and stores personal information. The adoption of basic IT management systems is widespread across the entire sector. 100 percent of GPs and psychologists, 98 percent of specialists and physical therapists, 85 percent of chiropractors and podiatrists and 50 percent of dentists all use electronic health records. Nearly 100 percent of pharmacies and hospitals complete their referrals, discharge summaries, clinical data exchanges and scripts online. Full Report

Have Your Say - mHealth in the EU
How Can the EU Promote mHealth: The European Commission has launched a consultation for companies to share their views on how to unlock the potential of mHealth. The consultation is open until July 3rd and companies are encouraged to provide input that will shape the future of mHealth in Europe. The European mHealth market will reach $6.9 billion in 2017 according to analysis cited by the Commission....more

eHealth in the EU: What's the Diagnosis?
According to two surveys released by the European Commission on eHealth deployment in the EU in acute care hospitals (those intended for short-term medical or surgical treatment and care) and among General Practitioners (GPs) in Europe, the use of eHealth is starting to take off, with 60% of GPs using eHealth tools in 2013, up 50% since 2007. But much more needs to be done.

The main findings of the surveys include:

  • Top performing countries for #eHealth uptake in hospitals are Denmark (66%), Estonia (63%), Sweden and Finland (both 62%). Full country profiles are available here.
  • eHealth services are still mostly used for traditional recording and reporting rather than for clinical purposes, such as holding consultations online (only 10% of GPs hold online consultations)
  • When it comes to digitising patient health records, the Netherlands take the gold with 83.2% digitisation; with silver medal for Denmark (80.6%) and the UK taking home bronze (80.5%);
  • However, only 9% of hospitals in Europe allow patients to access online their own medical records, and most of those only give partial access;
  • When adopting e-health, hospitals and GPs experience many barriers ranging from lack of interoperability to lack of regulatory framework and resources.

Benchmarking deployment of e-Health services in Hospitals (2012–2013)

Benchmarking Deployment of eHealth among General Practitioners (2013)

eHealth in the Digital Agenda

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing

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The Healthcare Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. health industry, expanding its market access, and increasing exports. It accomplishes this through a variety of resources and services for U.S. companies such as Webinars, Gold Key and Platinum Key Services. The team, comprised of trade specialists from throughout the U.S. and from U.S. Embassies around the world, provides market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, regulations and customs navigation.
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