Digital privacy and data security were listed as the primary concern by healthcare organisations across various geographies amid increasing pace of digital transformation.

GlobalData conducted a survey in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions to identify the main issues that hinder digital transformation in the industry.

Digital privacy and data security top concern across geographiesA Closer Look at Concerns, by Geography

The survey found that nearly half of the respondents from Asia-Pacific are worried about digital privacy and data security. The figure stood at 33% in North America and 38% in Europe.

Unclear return on investment emerged as the second biggest concern with 26% of respondents from Europe, 22% from North America and 14% from Asia-Pacific highlighting it.

Around 13% of respondents each from North America and Europe opined increased cyber risks as the top concern associated with digital transformation. The figure stood at 7% in Asia-Pacific.

Approximately 11%, 10% and 7% of respondents from North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, respectively, feared never-ending change due to digital transformation as the top concern.

Additionally, 14% of surveyed companies from North America listed evolving regulatory requirements as their primary concern. The percentage was 7% and 6% for Asia-Pacific and Europe, respectively.

Around 7% of respondents from Asia-Pacific, 5% from North America and 3% from Europe cited other concerns.

Notably, the remaining 7% surveyed organisations in Asia-Pacific responded ‘Don’t Know’ when asked about digital transformation concerns. The figure was much less in Europe and North America at 4% and 2% respectively.

The responses are based on Digital Transformation and Emerging Technology in the Healthcare Industry, 2020 survey fielded between 17 September 2020 and 6 October 2020.