The HFMA newsletter had a great article calling out the need for wireless expense management in its latest issue. This is a challenge we see as well, with our healthcare clients. Industry stats show that healthcare spending on telecommunications is expected to increase by 44 percent over the next three years, approaching a cost of $12.4 billion by 2013. As newer and faster smartphones and tablets hit the market, monthly fees and data plans increase, and vendors merge and maneuver, the complexity of managing wireless gets harder every year.
The healthcare sector is among the top three industries seeing the heaviest adoption of the iPad for business use, according to data from Good Technology, a Redwood City-based provider of multiplatform enterprise mobility.
In today’s economy, any way to trim fat from the bottom line is a welcome activity. As clinic and hospital professionals, the focus is often concentrated on the health care side of spending, not the technology end. But as technology needs become more and more complex, there can be great opportunity for savings through better management of telecommunication costs. Problems like overpayments, errors, or poor inventory tracking of your land lines, circuits, pagers, “smart” phones, and data plans could be wasting a lot of your annual budget.