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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI6949
  • Pages :170
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  • Industry : Healthcare IT

Market Size and Trends

The global healthcare consulting services market is estimated to be valued at USD 30.53 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 57.49 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.5% from 2024 to 2031.

Healthcare Consulting Services Market Key Factors

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The demand for healthcare consulting services is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period. This can be attributed to rising expenditures on healthcare infrastructure and services globally. Additionally, with evolving regulations and compliance standards, healthcare organizations are increasingly relying on external consultants to improve processes and quality of care. The demand for strategic planning and organizational transformation services is also gaining traction as market players aim to optimize costs and enhance patient outcomes through digital and technological adoption. While North America remains the largest market for healthcare consulting, emerging regions such as Asia Pacific are expected to provide lucrative growth opportunities over the next few years.

Increasing Adoption of Inorganic Growth Strategies

Increasing adoption of inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions by key market players is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in September 2023, Accenture, a major advisory organization, acquired the U.K.-based leading digital healthcare consultancy firm, Nautilus Consulting. This acquisition is expected to bring expertise in operational and strategic consulting services and assist clients in implementing and optimizing their digital solutions.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Healthcare Consulting Services Market Concentration By Players

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Increasing Demand to Improve Healthcare Systems

With advancements in technology and growing focus on providing quality healthcare, the demand to improve and transform global healthcare systems is increasing rapidly. Consulting firms are being hired by various healthcare organizations like hospitals, insurance providers, pharmaceutical companies, and governments to assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing processes and infrastructure. They provide strategic insights and recommendations for designing healthcare models that enhance access, lower costs and improve standards and outcomes. Governments across developed and developing nations recognize the need for more efficient, integrated and patient-centric systems. Healthcare experts help them optimize utilization of resources, modernize facilities, digitize processes, and implement reforms to make healthcare affordable and available for more people. Insurance groups rely on consultants to analyze market trends, assess risk pools and design plans tailored for different customer segments. Hospitals hire consultants to enhance operational efficiency, streamline workflows, upgrade technologies, and find new sources of revenue. Pharmaceutical companies engage researchers to determine disease treatment pathways, evaluate market potential of new drugs and devise marketing and pricing strategies.

Healthcare Consulting Services Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges – Regulatory Compliance Issues

The healthcare consulting services market is facing challenges in growth due to stringent regulatory compliance requirements across the globe. The regulations are becoming more and more complex every year as governments are focusing on patient safety and quality of care. Healthcare is one of the most regulated industries and providers have to adhere to various laws, standards, guidelines pertaining to privacy, security, licensing, operations etc. set by agencies like U.S. FDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH), in the U.S. and equivalents in other countries. Failing to comply can attract hefty penalties. This regulatory pressure leaves little room for error and significantly drives up compliance costs for consulting companies. They have to invest heavily in hiring qualified compliance experts and continuously updating their processes to be in line with changing rules. The complexity and ambiguity in regulations also increases the risk of inadvertent non-compliance. All these factors impose substantial regulatory burden, making the business landscape very challenging.

Market Opportunities – Expanding into Emerging Markets

Emerging markets present a major growth opportunity for healthcare consulting services. As economies develop and incomes rise in these regions, access to quality healthcare becomes a higher priority. This translates to greater demand for services that help improve local healthcare infrastructures and make systems more efficient and effective. Many emerging nations still face challenges like shortages of medical facilities, doctors, and other resources. They also struggle with public health issues due to lack of awareness, prevention programs and basic services. Healthcare consulting can play a pivotal role in addressing fundamental problems through programs that expand access to care, especially in underserved rural areas. Consultants provide expertise to establish telemedicine networks, train local workers, utilize new technologies and implement low-cost prevention strategies. For example, in Africa partnerships between governments and consultancies have helped set up 150+ mobile health clinics between 2020 and 2022, improving outreach in remote communities according to World Health Organization reports.

Healthcare Consulting Services Market, By Service Type

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Insights, By Service Type: Growing need for strategic guidance among healthcare organizations

The service type segment includes strategic management consulting, financial management consulting, information technology consulting, human resource consulting, and others. The strategic management consulting sub-segment is estimated to hold 32.7% of the market share in 2024. Strategic management consulting services have seen significant demand from healthcare organizations in recent years. As the industry becomes more complex with evolving regulations, rising costs, and new technologies disrupting traditional models of care delivery, healthcare leaders require strategic guidance more than ever. Consulting firms with deep expertise in the healthcare field help organizations develop comprehensive strategic plans to navigate this dynamic environment. As technological disruption accelerates, the ability to develop digital and data strategies has become a major area for strategic consulting. Consultants work with clients to harness opportunities around telehealth, remote patient monitoring, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and other emerging technologies that are reshaping consumer and provider expectations. Their future-focused, objective perspective equips healthcare leaders with the vision and roadmap to thrive amid ongoing industry evolution.

Insights, By End User: Increasing need for insights to enhance commercial strategies and operations

The end user segment includes pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, government bodies, and healthcare payers. The pharmaceutical companies sub-segment is estimated to hold 33.1% of the market share in 2024 Pharmaceutical companies have remained the largest consumers of healthcare consulting services. While drug development is their core function, commercialization strategies determine success in what is now a highly competitive global marketplace for pharmaceutical products and services. Consultants play a key role in supporting these companies' commercial operations by providing strategic guidance and actionable insights. Some of the top areas driving demand include market assessment and segmentation studies to craft tailored product positioning and promotional campaigns. Consultants also aid with strategic portfolio management, therapeutic area prioritization, and due diligence for business development opportunities. As the industry moves from a drug-centric model towards personalized medicine and integrated care solutions, consultants advise on commercial approaches like outcomes-based contracting, services bundling, and partnering with providers. With regulations and compliance requirements constantly evolving, they further assist with navigating the complex policy landscape across different countries and markets.

Regional Insights

Healthcare Consulting Services Market Regional Insights

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North America remains the dominant region in the global healthcare consulting services market and is estimated to hold 35.6% of the market share in 2024. This can be attributed to several factors. The U.S. healthcare industry is the largest in the world with annual expenditure exceeding US$ 3.5 trillion. It is a highly complex system undergoing significant reforms to improve access and lower costs. As a result, healthcare organizations require extensive strategic and operational advice to navigate the regulatory landscape and transform business models. Additionally, major healthcare consulting firms first emerged in the U.S. decades ago and have since expanded their footprint worldwide.

Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the fastest growing region over the coming years supported by increasing healthcare reforms and establishment of new healthcare facilities across developing countries. A major opportunity for market participants lies in digital consulting as healthcare organizations shift their focus towards value-based care and population health management. Adoption of advanced technologies allows providers to improve care delivery and clinical outcomes. However, lack of skilled consulting professionals and data security concerns could hamper market growth to some extent. Healthcare players are also facing pressure to optimize existing resources against rising service demand.

Market Report Scope

Healthcare Consulting Services Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 30.53 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 9.5% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 57.49 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Service Type: Strategic Management Consulting, Financial Management Consulting, Information Technology Consulting, Human Resource Consulting, and Others
  • By End User: Pharmaceutical Companies, Healthcare Providers, Government Bodies, and Healthcare Payers 
Companies covered:

Bain & Company, Inc., IQVIA, Inc., Boston Consulting Group, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, PwC, L.E.K. Consulting, Huron Consulting Group Inc., Cognizant, Simon-Kucher & Partners, PayrHealth, KPMG, ZS Associates, and EY Parthenon

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing Adoption of Inorganic Growth Strategies
  • Increasing Demand to Improve Healthcare Systems
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Regulatory Compliance Issues
  • High Cost of Consulting Services

Key Developments

  • On April 29, 2024, Soprav, an India-based healthcare consulting firm, has been officially launched as a new organization offering expert regulatory, investment, financial, organizational and operational support to healthcare entities including hospitals, medical practitioners, pharmaceuticals, med-tech, digital, health-tech, wellness, and other B2B2C markets within the healthcare spectrum worldwide
  • On March 11, 2024, Nordic, a global health and technology consulting company, announced the opening of its Cloud Innovation Lab at the HIMSS Global Health Conference. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud innovation digital simulation lab demonstrates Nordic’s commitment to helping health systems prove the value of and accelerate the adoption of cloud solutions to enable digital transformation in healthcare
  • In February 2021, Huron Consulting Group Inc., a management consulting company, announced the acquisition of Unico Solution, a data management and analytics solution company, to strength Huron’s data management and governance capabilities to help clients better manage their operations and drive cloud drive adoption.
  • *Definition: Healthcare consulting services consists of professional services provided to healthcare organizations and payers around the world to help them optimize performance and make informed strategic and financial decisions. Consulting services include strategy development, operations management, payer consulting, IT consulting, actuarial services, clinical transformation services, and many more. The market helps healthcare organizations enhance efficiency and outcomes, manage costs and risk, comply with regulations, and navigate the complex global healthcare landscape.

Market Segmentation

  • Service Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Strategic Management Consulting
    • Financial Management Consulting
    • Information Technology Consulting
    • Human Resource Consulting
    • Others
  •  End User Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Pharmaceutical Companies
    • Healthcare Providers
    • Government Bodies
    • Healthcare Payers
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East
    • Africa
      • South Africa
      • North Africa
      • Central Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Bain & Company, Inc.
    • IQVIA, Inc.
    • Boston Consulting Group
    • Accenture
    • McKinsey & Company
    • Deloitte 
    • PwC
    • L.E.K. Consulting
    • Huron Consulting Group Inc.
    • Cognizant
    • Simon-Kucher & Partners
    • PayrHealth
    • KPMG 
    • ZS Associates
    • EY Parthenon

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of the healthcare consulting services market is projected to be 9.5% from 2024 to 2031.

Increasing adoption of inorganic growth strategies and increasing demand to improve healthcare systems are the major factor driving the growth of the Healthcare Consulting Services Market.

Regulatory compliance issues and high cost of consulting services are the major factors hampering the growth of the Healthcare Consulting Services Market.

In terms of service type, strategic management consulting is estimated to dominate the market revenue share 2024.

Bain & Company, Inc., IQVIA, Inc., Boston Consulting Group, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, PwC, L.E.K. Consulting, Huron Consulting Group Inc., Cognizant, Simon-Kucher & Partners, PayrHealth, KPMG, ZS Associates, and EY Parthenon are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the Healthcare Consulting Services Market.

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