Differentiating between marketing-driven and technology-driven vendors of medical information systems.
Buyers of medical information systems such as laboratory information systems need to recognize that the vendors of such systems may pursue corporate strategies emphasizing expenditures on marketing and client services, expenditures on technology and research and development (R&D), or a more balanced approach. The strategic goals and objectives of a vendor of an information system should align closely with those of a potential hospital client. A restless hospital client seeking cutting-edge technology will probably be dissatisfied with a system vendor who emphasizes slow ongoing incremental system development. Objective criteria for distinguishing between a marketing-driven vendor and a technology-driven vendor of medical information systems, and their variants, are presented based on the ratio of marketing expenditures to sales revenue compared with the ratio of research and development expenditures to sales revenue of the company. More subjective narrative criteria are also offered for making such distinctions.
Friedman, BA; Mitchell, W; Singh, K
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