There is a health care information technology (IT) industry. This industry is composed of companies that provide hardware, software, and a wide range of services, including consulting and outsourcing, to health care organizations. The industry also includes associations that support the professional advancement of the health care IT professional, organizations that put on industry conferences, and publications that cover current topics and issues in the industry.
It is not possible to develop an IT strategy and implement that strategy without engaging this industry.
This appendix provides an overview of this industry. It will discuss