As we look towards 2014 there is no shying away from the fact that healthcare regimes all over the world are in crisis and fighting diverse challenges including rising healthcare costs, aging populations, disease and growing demand for “accountable” care. In response to these challenges; healthcare stakeholders are seeking innovative technologies that promise efficient and effective care delivery. E-health, including m-health, has become earmarked as an area for key killer applications which utilise truly high-speed fixed broadband networks as well as the mobile broadband networks and devices.
BuddeComm believes that the alternative to not embracing e-health is to accept a significantly inferior healthcare service in the future. Countries that are lagging in broadband infrastructure developments are going to face, not just a telecoms dilemma – but, more importantly, they are going to face a health crisis.
M-health initiatives are of special interest to developing nations which have more mobile penetration than fixed line and is also a growth area in the developed markets where smart phone penetration is higher.
The following report includes recent industry insights on the e-health and m-health sectors and provides a global market summary which incorporates trends, statistics and examples. The report is designed to provide current observations which may assist investors, analysts and industry participants in making investment and business decisions. For examples of projects and pilots from around the world, see separate report: Global Digital Economy - E-Health and M-Health – Initiatives, Pilots and Projects.
E-health is a key area of focus for M2M initiatives; Cloud computing developments are also being applied to e-health; Embracing Big Data could save the healthcare sector billions of dollars; M-health is a key growth area, especially wireless consumer monitoring devices.