22 March 2019 | News
Digital marketplaces with predictive and efficient business models receive a boost with the higher adoption of eCommerce channels, finds Frost & Sullivan
As the tech-savvy millennial population has come to expect a high level of user experience (UX), the healthcare industry has begun to digitize products, services, and commerce models. The industry is setting up personalized UX/user interface (UI)-enabled eCommerce platforms and websites, which are expected to be the preferred digital channels for browsing and ordering medical devices and supplies.
This will not only improve access, quality, and affordability of healthcare, but also promote predictive, preventive, and outcome-based care models. The overall benefits of supply chain optimization and improved UX are expected to result in an eCommerce channel that will reach $200 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15 percent by 2022.
"Drug and device OEMs and distributors should prioritize their eCommerce strategy based on the maturity of their buyer/market using a mix of available digital tools for educating, researching product information, and order and payment management," said Kamaljit Behera, Industry Analyst, Transformational Health.
Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Healthcare eCommerce Market in North America, Forecast to 2022, examines the key trends and developments in healthcare eCommerce with specific focus on the eCommerce market for pharma drugs and medical devices in North America. It also provides market projections, opportunity analysis by supply chain participants, strategic imperatives, and industry best practices or case studies for both segments.
"The convergence of healthcare with IT and retail industries has opened the market up to non-traditional players, which is disrupting the existing business channels and future revenue streams. For example, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft (GAFAM) in the West, and Baidu, Ali Health, and Tencent (BAT) in East will continue to make further headways in the healthcare industry," noted Behera. "Amazon will have a particularly high impact on emerging home or individual care concepts like telehealth, telemedicine, and direct-to-consumer (D2C) commerce."
Some of the most prominent trends and growth opportunities in the healthcare eCommerce space include: