|Healthcare eCommerce Market in North America, Forecast to 2022|
|Drug and Device eCommerce Growth Opportunities in the Changing Paradigm of Healthcare Consumerism|
Healthcare, as an industry, is entering a phase of rapid transformation. Digitization of products, services, and commerce models is democratizing current healthcare systems and unlocking new previously inaccessible segments. The fundamental convergence of healthcare with IT and retail industry continues to shift eCommerce from simple search portals for buying products to the digital marketplace that provides personalized experience and informed purchase decision making. This is manifesting into a new era of healthcare consumerism; today hospital buyers and patients are equally expecting a retail-like buying experience. Furthermore, as tech-savvy millennials are expected to overtake boomers, in terms of population, in 2019, eCommerce models with personalized UX/UI will be the preferred marketing channels for medical products and services. Entailing this, North America’s healthcare eCommerce market for pharma drugs and medical devices is projected to cross $200 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 10% to 15%.
Frost & Sullivan defines healthcare electronic commerce (eCommerce) as “the application of communication and information-sharing technologies during the process of marketing, exchanging, servicing, buying, and selling of healthcare products, professional services, funds, and information over an electronic network, primarily by phone and Internet connectivity. It combines business and electronic infrastructure which allows traditional business transactions to be conducted electronically, ignoring the physical or geographic boundaries separating them”.