Reasons for the Delay in Technology Adoption in Healthcare

When it comes to adapting new technology, the healthcare sector lags behind every other main sector. It is common knowledge that the healthcare sector resists change, even when those changes stand to significantly improve the lot of patients.

At a time when Smartphones, tablets, and the Internet of Things, many people would be surprised to discover that archaic communication methods such as pagers and faxes not only still exist, but are extensively used throughout the healthcare sector.

In some instances, the new technology now being introduced by healthcare suppliers was first introduced in other industries a long time ago. There are very valid reasons why the pace of change is so much slower in the healthcare industry rather than, say, the financial sector or manufacturing arena.

Itamar Kandel, Chief Strategy Officer of TigerConnect, is familiar with the slow pace of change. During his time employed with healthcare groups at VERITAS Software and more recently at TigerConnect, he identified the reasons why adoption of new technology is slow, even when technology can clearly be shown as being safe, secure, and can improve the way that healthcare services are supplied.

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