Healthcare IT spend in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% till 2018, according to a newly released IDC Health Insights report.

Together, Australia, China, India, Singapore and South Korea accounted for 90% of Asia/Pacific healthcare IT spending in 2013.

The region is characterized by a high population base and due to the relatively nascent stage of IT adoption in developing countries APEJ holds huge potential for the vendor community.

The China healthcare sector has the highest CAGR of 11.7% making it the fastest growing IT spender in the region.

APEJ has to continue investing in healthcare as many nations in the region are facing obstacles to improve basic health of their people.

Disparate IT infrastructure

All the Asia/Pacific nations are disparate when it comes to infrastructure, IT maturity and healthcare systems but all of them are working towards creating a sustainable healthcare system.

The IDC Health Insights report, "Asia/ Pacific (Excluding Japan) Healthcare IT Spending 2013-2018" indicates that the spending pattern demarcates the developing and the mature economies in the region.

Sash Mukherjee, Research Manager, IDC Health Insights, Asia/Pacific, divides countries into two clear groups when it comes to IT maturity.

While the mature economies are expected to spend less than 50% on hardware, countries where hardware spending comprises more than 50% of the total IT spending, are still focused on infrastructure.

"Where the initial infrastructure investments have been made, the spending pattern shifts to software and services," said Mukherjee. "Growth will be driven by infrastructural spending in developing countries and collaborative tools in the mature economies."