Look for the demand for healthcare-related software to soar in 2013 as businesses and government agencies gear up to meet provisions in the Affordable Care Act (i.e. "Obamacare") that kick in this year and next. The legislation offers incentives for doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to implement electronic healthcare records as a way of cutting costs and improving healthcare services.
Healthcare providers also will jump on the "big data" bandwagon this year and accelerate their adoption of healthcare-specific analytical applications. While only 10 percent of hospitals were using health data analytics in 2011, that number is expected to grow to 50 percent by 2016, according to a Frost & Sullivan study.
Another big driver: More doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are using tablet computers and other mobile devices in their day-to-day work and that's spurring demand for healthcare mobile applications.