2014 Global Digital Economy - The Crucial Role of E-Health, E-Government and E-Education

Publication Overview

This annual report is a valuable resource of information on the global e-health, e-education and e-government sectors. The report explores the transformation which e-health, e-government and e-education are all undergoing as a result of developments in ICT and smart communities. It discusses the role of Big Data, Cloud Computing, M2M and the Internet of Everything, supported by examples and analysis. It provides key global statistics and insightful regional overviews written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts for North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Subjects covered include:

  • The social and economic impact of the revolution;
  • Global e-health and m-health market;
  • Examples of e-health and m-health projects;
  • Global e-government market;
  • Global e-education and e-learning market;
  • M2M, Big Data, Cloud Computing and smart technologies to play an important role;
  • Regional overviews for North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Lucia Bibolini, Paul Budde, Peter Evans, Henry Lancaster.
Current publication date:- December 2014 (7th Edition)

Executive Summary

Our future rests on E-health and E-education

With the rise of digital platforms, the world is rapidly changing. In newspaper and book publishing, TV and radio, film, music, and other forms of media, we see that the walls that protected organisations within traditional models are crumbling. Yet, despite the obvious need to move with the times, many professionals and organisations are still grappling with the digital economy and questioning the impact it will have on them – or, even worse, are ignorant about it. In many cases, their own consumers are well ahead of them. The public sector is also seriously affected; it should learn from the problems in other areas, especially book and newspaper publishing. Healthcare and education are classic examples here.

Throughout the world, a significant portion of GDP is spent on healthcare. New technologies are increasing life expectations and improving our lifestyle. The cost of this, however, is enormous and it is difficult to finance these huge advancements through the public health systems. 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.

In countries with a clear policy for an advanced broadband infrastructure (i.e. National Broadband Networks/NBN), we see e-health emerging to allow us to enjoy these advances in medical technology at more affordable costs. On truly high-speed broadband networks, E-health is rapidly shaping up as one of the key killer apps. Millions of people around the world can potentially benefit from e-health applications. Cost savings through e-health are expected to be between 10% and 20% of total healthcare costs.

Education is another sector where digital economy plays a vital role. The use of IT and telecommunications technology within educational environments is set to increase dramatically as high-speed fibre-based broadband becomes more widely available. Simultaneously, the capability of internet services devoted to distance education is set to increase enormously over the next decade as well.

With smartphones and other mobile devices proliferating around the world, people are finding more and more uses for these tools that have become practically an extension of the self. In health and education, the use of mobile devices opens up unforetold possibilities. Without a doubt, the future of the world is tied to this small revolutionary tool, which has radically changed the way we think and interact with our environment. The potential of mobile devices is staggering – they are with us everywhere, able to provide performance support, knowledge checking, real-time diagnosis, medical recordings, and countless other services.

Critical elements for the future of the global digital economy include Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Big Data. Without a doubt, there is much interest throughout the world in the M2M market. But what we are seeing is only what is happening on the surface. Most of the M2M activities are taking place unnoticed. As for Big Data, despite its potential advantages (particularly in the healthcare sector), there are still concerns surrounding privacy. While the Big Data that is floating around somewhere in clouds is becoming increasingly critical to business operations, very few companies have a good understanding of where their data is at any given time.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year. 

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Social and Economic Impact of the Digital Revolution
    • 1.1 The digital economy – what is at stake for you?
    • 1.2 Advertising important to media industry
    • 1.3 Collapse of the traditional media industry
    • 1.4 Market insights
      • 1.4.1 From calls to applications
      • 1.4.2 Expect delays and roadblocks
      • 1.4.3 Fragmentation, consolidation, mergers and acquisitions
      • 1.4.4 Where are the new opportunities?
      • 1.4.5 Think international
      • 1.4.6 Media and Telco’s adapting business to the new Digital Economy
      • 1.4.7 Copyright and the Internet back in the Spotlight
    • 1.5 Whatever happened to media convergence?
      • 1.5.1 Convergence substitution
      • 1.5.2 New business models for media content required
    • 1.6 Media companies need to disaggregate and rebuild
      • 1.6.1 Brand key in online media
    • 1.7 The challenges for newspaper publishing
    • 1.8 Brief case study: The book publishing industry
      • 1.8.1 Digital e-readers/e-books
    • 1.9 The anomaly of the mass media
      • 1.9.1 Analysis of media trends
      • 1.9.2 Digital and Mobile Media – Apps, Social Networks, Entertainment and Gaming
  • 2. Global E-Health and M-Health Market
    • 2.1 E-Health and M-Health Insights and Statistics
      • 2.1.1 Healthcare – next sector on the block for e-transformation
      • 2.1.2 E-health
      • 2.1.3 The disruptive e-healthcare market has arrived!
      • 2.1.4 Healthcare is a massive global industry
      • 2.1.5 Key market directions
      • 2.1.6 Healthcare analysis – ‘no outcome, no income’
      • 2.1.7 M-Health
      • 2.1.8 Privacy and security a key concern
    • 2.2 Examples of E-Health Projects, Applications and Initiatives
      • 2.2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2.2 Examples of projects and applications
      • 2.2.3 Conclusion: There simply is no alternative to e-health
  • 3. Global E-Education and E-Learning Market
    • 3.1 E-education
      • 3.1.1 E-education statistics
      • 3.1.2 Self-Paced E-Learning (SPEL)
      • 3.1.3 Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
      • 3.1.4 Corporate e-learning
    • 3.2 Education system will hit economic crisis point
      • 3.2.1 Education is not keeping up with social changes
      • 3.2.2 Economic costs will force the system to change
      • 3.2.3 Governments will be forced to stop costs spiralling out of control
    • 3.3 What is happening with e-education?
      • 3.3.1 Education transformation will guide e-learning
      • 3.3.2 Internet media companies moving the sector forward
      • 3.3.3 Self-learning in developing economies
      • 3.3.4 Gamification
      • 3.3.5 Schools as platforms for individual learning
    • 3.4 Tele-education – the quiet achiever
    • 3.5 E-education: part of smart, trans-sector community
      • 3.5.1 Mobile learning
      • 3.5.2 Cloud computing and e-education
      • 3.5.3 Tele-presence and e-education
      • 3.5.4 Skype in the classroom
      • 3.5.5 Off-net video in the medical field
      • 3.5.6 E-learning and Open Source
      • 3.5.7 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
      • 3.5.8 Virtual worlds for education
      • 3.5.9 Crowdsourcing
    • 3.6 Digital education approaching reality
    • 3.7 E-government
      • 3.7.1 Web-based government
      • 3.7.2 Benefits of e-government
      • 3.7.3 Barriers to e-government
      • 3.7.4 Fibre key to e-government
  • 4. M2M and Big Data to Play an Important Role
    • 4.1 2014: touted as the year of M2M, but ...
      • 4.1.1 M2M hype and reality
      • 4.1.2 M2M and connected devices
    • 4.2 Internet of ‘Things’ (IoT)
      • 4.2.1 The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025
    • 4.3 Who will dominate the IoT market?
      • 4.3.1 IoT standardisation developments
    • 4.4 Telcos and the science of Big Data
      • 4.4.1 How to manage and secure Big Data
      • 4.4.2 Privacy a key issue for Big Data
    • 4.5 From SCaDa to IoT
    • 4.6 Sensors
      • 4.6.1 Sensor applications for a smarter world
      • 4.6.2 Micro-electronic-mechanical devices
      • 4.6.3 Nanotechnology
      • 4.6.4 Commercial IoT products
    • 4.7 Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
      • 4.7.1 RFID – a business revolution
      • 4.7.2 Rapidly maturing technology
      • 4.7.3 Spectrum allocation
    • 4.8 Application examples
      • 4.8.1 OpenFlow – the programmable network revolution
      • 4.8.2 Behavioural Attitudinal Geolocation
      • 4.8.3 Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)
      • 4.8.4 Cloud Computing – an essential element of the Internet of Things
      • 4.8.5 Ubiquitous Complex Event Processing (U-CEP)
      • 4.8.6 Cognitive computing
      • 4.8.7 Wireless Networks
      • 4.8.8 Smart grids
      • 4.8.9 Cosm
      • 4.8.10 Smartphones
      • 4.8.11 e-entertainment
      • 4.8.12 IPv6
      • 4.8.13 Opportunistic computing
      • 4.8.14 E-Science
  • 5. Regional Overviews
    • 5.1 North America
      • 5.1.1 USA
      • 5.1.2 Canada
    • 5.2 Latin America
      • 5.2.1 Case studies – Argentina
      • 5.2.2 Case studies - Brazil
    • 5.3 Europe
      • 5.3.1 E-Health developments
      • 5.3.2 ePrescriptions
      • 5.3.3 Telemedicine
    • 5.4 Africa
      • 5.4.1 Tracking Ebola
      • 5.4.2 Ubuntu Alliance
      • 5.4.3 GSM promoting mHealth solutions
      • 5.4.4 USAID and local MNOs supporting mHealth
      • 5.4.5 Case study – South Africa
      • 5.4.6 Case study – Uganda
      • 5.4.7 Case study – Nigeria
      • 5.4.8 Case study – Kenya
    • 5.5 Middle East
      • 5.5.1 Overview
      • 5.5.2 E-Government
      • 5.5.3 E-Education
      • 5.5.4 E-Health
    • 5.6 Asia
      • 5.6.1 Overview
    • 5.7 Pacific Region
      • 5.7.1 Australia
      • 5.7.2 New Zealand
      • Table 1 – Global media ad spending – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 2 – Top ten countries for media ad spending per person – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 3 – Global digital ad spending – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 4 – Global advertising spending market share by major types – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 5 – Most popular formats for receiving news in the USA – 2013
      • Table 6 – Growth of e-reader sales – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 7 – Health expenditure ratios – selected countries – 2009 - 2011
      • Table 8 – Global e-learning market value – 2010; 2012; 2015; 2018; 2020
      • Table 9 – Self-Paced E-Learning market by region – 2013; 2016
      • Table 10 – M-Learning market by region – 2013; 2016
      • Table 11 – Global investment in e-government – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 12 – Global M2M connections – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 13 – Global spending on Big Data – 2013; 2018
      • Table 14 – Singapore’s ICT industry revenue – 2012 - 2013
      • Chart 1 – Health expenditure ratios – selected countries – 2009 - 2011
      • Chart 2 – Global investment in e-government – 2010 - 2016
      • Exhibit 1 – Statistical snapshot of e-books
      • Exhibit 2 – Price fixing allegations
      • Exhibit 3 – Snapshot of health care spending around the world
      • Exhibit 4 – Video consultancy covered by Australian Medicare
      • Exhibit 5 – Advantages of e-health
      • Exhibit 6 – Examples of popular health related websites
      • Exhibit 7 – Use of the internet for health information among French young adults
      • Exhibit 8 – Quality of healthcare information on YouTube
      • Exhibit 9 – Digital healthcare appointment systems
      • Exhibit 10 – BuddeComm insights on m-health
      • Exhibit 11 – Healthcare monitoring for the elderly
      • Exhibit 12 – mPowering Frontline Health Workers
      • Exhibit 13 – E-Health project examples
      • Exhibit 14 – South Korea: stimulating broadband by spending on e-education
      • Exhibit 15 – Sample of e-learning ASP market participants
      • Exhibit 16 – A shared vision of the future of education
      • Exhibit 17 – Advantages of e-learning
      • Exhibit 18 – Top 20 most popular Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
      • Exhibit 19 – Connect To Learn
      • Exhibit 20 – New Media Consortium (NMC)
      • Exhibit 21 – Examples of open source e-learning projects
      • Exhibit 22 – Definition: E-Government
      • Exhibit 23 – Examples of Web 2.0 tools available to governments
      • Exhibit 24 – Examples of common web based e-government applications
      • Exhibit 25 – Open Government Partnership (OGP)
      • Exhibit 26 – The first major M2M alliances
      • Exhibit 27 – The OneM2M initiative
      • Exhibit 28 – RFID spectrum frequencies and application examples
      • Exhibit 29 – Smart shopping
      • Exhibit 30 – Lifetime customer relationships
      • Exhibit 31 – Many Eyes – e-science web site example
      • Exhibit 32 – GigaPort3
      • Exhibit 33 – Top 10 e-government countries in Asia - 2014
      • Exhibit 34 – South Korea rankings in UN global e-government survey: - 2008; 2010; 2012; 2014
      • Exhibit 35 – South Korea e-government stages: 1980s – present

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Last updated 17 Dec 2014
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Contributing Analysts:

Peter Evans
Paul Budde
Lucia Bibolini
Henry Lancaster

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