Government initiatives to improve efficiency levels across the healthcare continuum in eastern Europe are resulting in widespread restructuring and the integration of disparate healthcare IT systems. This process will be facilitated by accession to the European Union and associated increases in infrastructure building funding flows. However, centralized purchasing will hamper the rapid expansion of these emerging healthcare IT markets.

"Accession to the European Union will motivate government-backed initiatives to develop information infrastructure and expand functionality through various eGovernment schemes in healthcare," says Frost & Sullivan Research Associate Deepa Vaideswaran. "At the same time, structural funds to member states for the improvement of public infrastructure - including the provision of healthcare -will facilitate the implementation of requisite healthcare IT solutions."

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